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Major Shepparton East intersection upgrade complete

A major upgrade to one of Shepparton’s key freight corridors is now complete with today’s official opening of the Doyles Road-Midland Highway Intersection Upgrade. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project had seen the former one-lane roundabout upgraded to a dual carriageway that would benefit the transport industry as well as everyday motorists. “The previous single-lane roundabout experienced high traffic volumes from all directions during the morning and afternoon peaks, and was unable to cope with the high demand for U-turn movements from the east,” Mr Chester said. “The upgrade also includes new duplicated lanes leading up to the intersection.” Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan thanked motorists for their patience during works on the upgrade. “The community has been extremely patient while these works were carried out and now they will be able to see the benefits of improved traffic flow and reduced delays,” Mr Donnellan said. Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said improved freight efficiency would support many industries across the Goulburn Valley, contributing to the region’s economic prosperity. “The new intersection will cut journey times, reduce traffic delays and minimise congestion, while connectivity through Shepparton will be enhanced with improved access to major freight routes for commercial vehicles,” Mr Drum said. “Travel reliability along this busy stretch of road will be greatly improved because of this new roundabout.” Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the project had also improved the safety for all users, with provisions made for pedestrians and cyclists to access the roundabout.   “We are delivering the projects that benefit country communities in this state and ensuring Victorians get where they need to go quicker and safer.” The Australian Government provided $5.625 million and the Victorian Government $1.875 million to the upgrade. Minor works such as landscaping will continue over the coming weeks and are expected to be completed by the start of October.        

Major Shepparton East intersection upgrade complete

A major upgrade to one of Shepparton’s key freight corridors is now complete with today’s official opening of the Doyles Road-Midland Highway Intersection Upgrade. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project had seen the former one-lane roundabout upgraded to a dual carriageway that would benefit the transport industry as well as everyday motorists. “The previous single-lane roundabout experienced high traffic volumes from all directions during the morning and afternoon peaks, and was unable to cope with the high demand for U-turn movements from the east,” Mr Chester said. “The upgrade also includes new duplicated lanes leading up to the intersection.” Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan thanked motorists for their patience during works on the upgrade. “The community has been extremely patient while these works were carried out and now they will be able to see the benefits of improved traffic flow and reduced delays,” Mr Donnellan said. Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said improved freight efficiency would support many industries across the Goulburn Valley, contributing to the region’s economic prosperity. “The new intersection will cut journey times, reduce traffic delays and minimise congestion, while connectivity through Shepparton will be enhanced with improved access to major freight routes for commercial vehicles,” Mr Drum said. “Travel reliability along this busy stretch of road will be greatly improved because of this new roundabout.” Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the project had also improved the safety for all users, with provisions made for pedestrians and cyclists to access the roundabout.   “We are delivering the projects that benefit country communities in this state and ensuring Victorians get where they need to go quicker and safer.” The Australian Government provided $5.625 million and the Victorian Government $1.875 million to the upgrade. Minor works such as landscaping will continue over the coming weeks and are expected to be completed by the start of October.        

ENGINEERING EXPANSION GREAT NEWS FOR SHEPPARTON JOBS

The Andrews Labor Government has helped secure an $800,000 investment by general engineering and component manufacturing company, Jmar Engineering, to expand and upgrade its existing facility, which will safeguard existing employment and generate six new jobs in Shepparton, Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced today. Jmar Engineering specialises in the design and manufacture of components for agribusiness, food processing and irrigation technology businesses. Ms Symes said the project will enhance Jmar’s ability to service existing markets as well as pursue new markets in the agribusiness, food, construction, irrigation technology and manufacturing sectors. As part of the project, Jmar has installed new manufacturing plant and equipment including a Metal Fibre Laser that produces the highest quality components faster and will reduce production costs. The project will also deliver refurbishments to a 2,000 square metre industrial facility next to the existing premises, including additional administration and staff training facilities. “The project will safeguard the company’s 12 existing jobs, create six new jobs and upskill employees in new manufacturing technology, enhancing Shepparton’s local skills base,” Ms Symes said. “Labor’s investment in Jmar Engineering is a vote of confidence in the local community of Shepparton and confirms country Victoria’s reputation as a great place to operate a business. “Labor is proud to support Jmar Engineering to secure existing jobs, create an additional six full time jobs and upskill Shepparton’s local workforce. “Victoria is Australia's largest food and fibre exporter and the industry employs more than 190,000 people across the State. Innovative companies like Jmar Engineering help to secure Victoria’s role as the largest producer and exporter of food and fibre products in Australia.” Quotes attributable to the General Manger, Jmar Engineering, Mark Hooper ”The directors of Jmar Engineering are thrilled to have the Victorian Government partner with us in our expansion project. We are excited about our long term future and the addition of the New Hans Fibre Laser will enhance our ability to supply quality manufacturing services to the wider Goulburn Valley.”

ENGINEERING EXPANSION GREAT NEWS FOR SHEPPARTON JOBS

The Andrews Labor Government has helped secure an $800,000 investment by general engineering and component manufacturing company, Jmar Engineering, to expand and upgrade its existing facility, which will safeguard existing employment and generate six new jobs in Shepparton, Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced today. Jmar Engineering specialises in the design and manufacture of components for agribusiness, food processing and irrigation technology businesses. Ms Symes said the project will enhance Jmar’s ability to service existing markets as well as pursue new markets in the agribusiness, food, construction, irrigation technology and manufacturing sectors. As part of the project, Jmar has installed new manufacturing plant and equipment including a Metal Fibre Laser that produces the highest quality components faster and will reduce production costs. The project will also deliver refurbishments to a 2,000 square metre industrial facility next to the existing premises, including additional administration and staff training facilities. “The project will safeguard the company’s 12 existing jobs, create six new jobs and upskill employees in new manufacturing technology, enhancing Shepparton’s local skills base,” Ms Symes said. “Labor’s investment in Jmar Engineering is a vote of confidence in the local community of Shepparton and confirms country Victoria’s reputation as a great place to operate a business. “Labor is proud to support Jmar Engineering to secure existing jobs, create an additional six full time jobs and upskill Shepparton’s local workforce. “Victoria is Australia's largest food and fibre exporter and the industry employs more than 190,000 people across the State. Innovative companies like Jmar Engineering help to secure Victoria’s role as the largest producer and exporter of food and fibre products in Australia.” Quotes attributable to the General Manger, Jmar Engineering, Mark Hooper ”The directors of Jmar Engineering are thrilled to have the Victorian Government partner with us in our expansion project. We are excited about our long term future and the addition of the New Hans Fibre Laser will enhance our ability to supply quality manufacturing services to the wider Goulburn Valley.”

SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH DAIRY CHALLENGES

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victoria’s regional small businesses impacted by the recent changes in milk prices with a specialist workshop to run in Shepparton. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes said the Business Resilience and Finance Workshop will run over two hours from 7am on Wednesday, September 7, in the Classic Room at the GV Hotel, 223 High Street Shepparton, VIC 3630, with one-on-one mentoring available at the completion of the workshop. Ms Symes said dairy farming communities had been hit hard in recent months, and small business operators within those communities now have a chance to gain expert practical advice on how to help them endure this period. “Labor is standing with our dairy farming community who are doing it tough and putting farmers first, but it is important that we support our businesses beyond the farm gate as well,” Ms Symes said. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country towns and Labor is ensuring that those businesses in Victoria’s dairy communities are getting the right support. “From the family farm to local cafes or agricultural supply stores, there are a large number of small businesses that are heavily reliant on the dairy industry for their income and have been significantly worse off since the global fall in milk prices and decisions by some processors to cut the prices paid to their suppliers. “We know that this is a tough time for all Northern Victorians affected by the dairy crisis and that’s why Labor is delivering comprehensive support to the whole community.” Ms Symes said over the past two months a range of specialist support services have run across the state in Victoria’s dairy regions – including South West Victoria, Northern Victoria and Gippsland – to help small businesses make more informed business decisions during this financially stressful period. Run by Small Business Victoria, in partnership with local councils, the workshops are providing support to some the 130,000 regional small businesses facing hardship in the agricultural and retail sectors. Victorian small businesses are vital for the economy generating more than 30 per cent of the state’s goods and services and providing almost 50 per cent of private sector jobs. With 28 per cent of small businesses located in regional Victoria, they are the backbone of many local economies. This small business support is an addition to a range of other initiatives delivered by the Government to date to help Victoria’s dairy farmers. This includes $11.4 million support package provided in partnership with Victoria’s dairy industry, as well as extending the Government’s Back to Work scheme to make members of a dairy farm household an eligible category of employee. For more information and locations of the business support sessions, visit www.business.vic.gov.au/dairysupport or call 13 22 55.    

SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH DAIRY CHALLENGES

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victoria’s regional small businesses impacted by the recent changes in milk prices with a specialist workshop to run in Shepparton. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes said the Business Resilience and Finance Workshop will run over two hours from 7am on Wednesday, September 7, in the Classic Room at the GV Hotel, 223 High Street Shepparton, VIC 3630, with one-on-one mentoring available at the completion of the workshop. Ms Symes said dairy farming communities had been hit hard in recent months, and small business operators within those communities now have a chance to gain expert practical advice on how to help them endure this period. “Labor is standing with our dairy farming community who are doing it tough and putting farmers first, but it is important that we support our businesses beyond the farm gate as well,” Ms Symes said. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country towns and Labor is ensuring that those businesses in Victoria’s dairy communities are getting the right support. “From the family farm to local cafes or agricultural supply stores, there are a large number of small businesses that are heavily reliant on the dairy industry for their income and have been significantly worse off since the global fall in milk prices and decisions by some processors to cut the prices paid to their suppliers. “We know that this is a tough time for all Northern Victorians affected by the dairy crisis and that’s why Labor is delivering comprehensive support to the whole community.” Ms Symes said over the past two months a range of specialist support services have run across the state in Victoria’s dairy regions – including South West Victoria, Northern Victoria and Gippsland – to help small businesses make more informed business decisions during this financially stressful period. Run by Small Business Victoria, in partnership with local councils, the workshops are providing support to some the 130,000 regional small businesses facing hardship in the agricultural and retail sectors. Victorian small businesses are vital for the economy generating more than 30 per cent of the state’s goods and services and providing almost 50 per cent of private sector jobs. With 28 per cent of small businesses located in regional Victoria, they are the backbone of many local economies. This small business support is an addition to a range of other initiatives delivered by the Government to date to help Victoria’s dairy farmers. This includes $11.4 million support package provided in partnership with Victoria’s dairy industry, as well as extending the Government’s Back to Work scheme to make members of a dairy farm household an eligible category of employee. For more information and locations of the business support sessions, visit www.business.vic.gov.au/dairysupport or call 13 22 55.    

NEW RACE DAY TO RECOGNISE BENALLA FARMERS

The Benalla Racing Club will pay tribute to its local farming community with a new Farmer’s Day Out race day, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government, Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced today. Ms Symes said the Labor Government will provide more than $8600 towards the event, courtesy of the Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program. The club will match the Government’s contribution dollar for dollar. Ms Symes said the inaugural race day, on Monday, September 5, will also be sponsored by businesses associated with the local farming community and the Victorian Farmers Federation will also be on hand to engage with farmers and other racegoers. Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase a ticket for lunch at a dedicated Farmer’s Marquee, with the meat industry’s ‘Lambassador’ Sam Kekovich as the guest speaker. Diners will be served the best produce from local suppliers that showcase the connection between the club and farming region. “The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support this event in my home town and it’s great to see the Benalla community looking for new opportunities to promote country racing,” Ms Symes said. “The Farmer’s Day Out race meeting is a wonderful opportunity for the club to reach out and show its support for the local farming community.” Quotes attributable to the General Manager Benalla Racing Club, Cameron Symes “We would like to thank the Victorian Government for its generous contribution to help us showcase the inaugural Farmer’s Day Out race meeting.” “This event will be a great day out at the country races and we’ve had strong interest from local farmers who are keen to attend.” The racing industry in the Goulburn region generates more than $227 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 2240 full-time equivalent jobs locally.            

NEW RACE DAY TO RECOGNISE BENALLA FARMERS

The Benalla Racing Club will pay tribute to its local farming community with a new Farmer’s Day Out race day, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government, Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced today. Ms Symes said the Labor Government will provide more than $8600 towards the event, courtesy of the Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program. The club will match the Government’s contribution dollar for dollar. Ms Symes said the inaugural race day, on Monday, September 5, will also be sponsored by businesses associated with the local farming community and the Victorian Farmers Federation will also be on hand to engage with farmers and other racegoers. Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase a ticket for lunch at a dedicated Farmer’s Marquee, with the meat industry’s ‘Lambassador’ Sam Kekovich as the guest speaker. Diners will be served the best produce from local suppliers that showcase the connection between the club and farming region. “The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support this event in my home town and it’s great to see the Benalla community looking for new opportunities to promote country racing,” Ms Symes said. “The Farmer’s Day Out race meeting is a wonderful opportunity for the club to reach out and show its support for the local farming community.” Quotes attributable to the General Manager Benalla Racing Club, Cameron Symes “We would like to thank the Victorian Government for its generous contribution to help us showcase the inaugural Farmer’s Day Out race meeting.” “This event will be a great day out at the country races and we’ve had strong interest from local farmers who are keen to attend.” The racing industry in the Goulburn region generates more than $227 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 2240 full-time equivalent jobs locally.            

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