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Faster Broadband Speeding Into Horsham

Businesses and regional communities around Horsham now have access to faster and more reliable broadband services with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s enhanced broadband network across the region. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today launched the Horsham Enhanced Broadband network at Horsham-based farm equipment machinery franchise Emmetts. The Labor Government provided $1.7 million for Victorian-based Spirit Telecom to build the upgraded broadband network, with speeds of up to one gigabit per second, as part of its $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program. Operating across Horsham, Swan Hill, Rupanyup, Warracknabeal and parts of South Australia, Emmetts is one of the first businesses to sign up to Spirit’s new broadband network. The local company now has dramatically faster broadband speeds with fewer dropouts, boosting their business across regional Victoria and beyond. These increased speeds will also be available to homes across Horsham, giving the entire community the opportunity to experience internet services on par with those in metropolitan Melbourne and interstate, bridging the digital divide and improving connectivity for people living and working in the regions. Boosting broadband is integral for businesses across regional Victoria, making them more competitive globally and helping promote further investment across our regional centres. As part of the digital infrastructure investments in the Connecting Regional Communities Program, the Labor Government is also supporting the Mobile Blackspot Program, adoption of internet for on-farm technologies, a state-wide Digital Economy Plan and digital plans for each Regional Partnership. The Government has also invested $16.7 million to provide free public WiFi in Ararat and Latrobe Valley after similar investments for Ballarat and Bendigo. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Country Victoria deserves access to fast, reliable broadband to support farmers, help businesses grow and make our country communities even better places to live and work.”

Faster Broadband Speeding Into Horsham

Businesses and regional communities around Horsham now have access to faster and more reliable broadband services with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s enhanced broadband network across the region. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today launched the Horsham Enhanced Broadband network at Horsham-based farm equipment machinery franchise Emmetts. The Labor Government provided $1.7 million for Victorian-based Spirit Telecom to build the upgraded broadband network, with speeds of up to one gigabit per second, as part of its $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program. Operating across Horsham, Swan Hill, Rupanyup, Warracknabeal and parts of South Australia, Emmetts is one of the first businesses to sign up to Spirit’s new broadband network. The local company now has dramatically faster broadband speeds with fewer dropouts, boosting their business across regional Victoria and beyond. These increased speeds will also be available to homes across Horsham, giving the entire community the opportunity to experience internet services on par with those in metropolitan Melbourne and interstate, bridging the digital divide and improving connectivity for people living and working in the regions. Boosting broadband is integral for businesses across regional Victoria, making them more competitive globally and helping promote further investment across our regional centres. As part of the digital infrastructure investments in the Connecting Regional Communities Program, the Labor Government is also supporting the Mobile Blackspot Program, adoption of internet for on-farm technologies, a state-wide Digital Economy Plan and digital plans for each Regional Partnership. The Government has also invested $16.7 million to provide free public WiFi in Ararat and Latrobe Valley after similar investments for Ballarat and Bendigo. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Country Victoria deserves access to fast, reliable broadband to support farmers, help businesses grow and make our country communities even better places to live and work.”

Making Farms Smart In Horsham

Victoria’s grains industry and the Wimmera’s wider agriculture sector are set to be at the forefront of farm technology with the opening of the Horsham SmartFarm, supported by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today officially launched the SmartFarm at the Horsham Grains Innovation Centre, which will focus on fast-tracking the development and on-farm adoption of digital agriculture innovations, supporting the training and development of the region’s farm workforce. The Horsham farm is the first of four SmartFarms to be opened across the state, thanks to $5 million from the Labor Government’s SmartSkills from SmartFarms Program, which is building skills in science and digital agriculture. The new SmartFarm will use facilities at the Grains Innovation Park including the Australian Grains Genebank and Plant Phenomics Victoria, as well as a 600-hectare research farm. The initiative will support 100 dedicated research and innovation staff focused on engaging Victorian grain growers in cutting-edge digital technology to increase their productivity, profitability and sustainability. Research activities at the SmartFarm will include the use of remote sensing tools to identify frost damage, the development of automated remote irrigation systems to mimic disease conducive conditions, and an imaging system to help growers determine the quality of their grain. Complementing the SmartFarms initiative is a new Centre for Agricultural Innovation, a strategic research partnership between the Labor Government through Agriculture Victoria and the University of Melbourne. The Centre for Agricultural Innovation will undertake research activities at Agriculture Victoria’s SmartFarms throughout Victoria, hosting PhD students enrolled with the University of Melbourne who will generate new knowledge and advance science frontiers. The Labor Government is partnering with industry, agribusiness and communities to build SmartFarms in key regional centres across the state as gateways to research, innovation, technology and skills development for Victoria’s major agriculture industries. For more information about SmartFarms, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/smartfarms Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “We’ve been working with Victorian farmers to understand how digital technology can revolutionise their businesses – now we’re working with some of the world’s best and brightest agricultural minds to bring this technology to life.” “On top of their benefits to farmers, SmartFarms will attract top researchers and agriculture technology businesses to regional Victoria – boosting the local economies and communities that thrive on farming.”

Making Farms Smart In Horsham

Victoria’s grains industry and the Wimmera’s wider agriculture sector are set to be at the forefront of farm technology with the opening of the Horsham SmartFarm, supported by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today officially launched the SmartFarm at the Horsham Grains Innovation Centre, which will focus on fast-tracking the development and on-farm adoption of digital agriculture innovations, supporting the training and development of the region’s farm workforce. The Horsham farm is the first of four SmartFarms to be opened across the state, thanks to $5 million from the Labor Government’s SmartSkills from SmartFarms Program, which is building skills in science and digital agriculture. The new SmartFarm will use facilities at the Grains Innovation Park including the Australian Grains Genebank and Plant Phenomics Victoria, as well as a 600-hectare research farm. The initiative will support 100 dedicated research and innovation staff focused on engaging Victorian grain growers in cutting-edge digital technology to increase their productivity, profitability and sustainability. Research activities at the SmartFarm will include the use of remote sensing tools to identify frost damage, the development of automated remote irrigation systems to mimic disease conducive conditions, and an imaging system to help growers determine the quality of their grain. Complementing the SmartFarms initiative is a new Centre for Agricultural Innovation, a strategic research partnership between the Labor Government through Agriculture Victoria and the University of Melbourne. The Centre for Agricultural Innovation will undertake research activities at Agriculture Victoria’s SmartFarms throughout Victoria, hosting PhD students enrolled with the University of Melbourne who will generate new knowledge and advance science frontiers. The Labor Government is partnering with industry, agribusiness and communities to build SmartFarms in key regional centres across the state as gateways to research, innovation, technology and skills development for Victoria’s major agriculture industries. For more information about SmartFarms, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/smartfarms Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “We’ve been working with Victorian farmers to understand how digital technology can revolutionise their businesses – now we’re working with some of the world’s best and brightest agricultural minds to bring this technology to life.” “On top of their benefits to farmers, SmartFarms will attract top researchers and agriculture technology businesses to regional Victoria – boosting the local economies and communities that thrive on farming.”

Sleeper Replacement Works Move To Shepparton Line

The Andrews Labor Government’s sleeper line replacement has moved to the next phase, with crews working through the night to replace tens-of-thousands of sleepers between Seymour and Shepparton. Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited Seymour where crews began replacing the first of 37,000 sleepers on the 83-kilometre section of track between Seymour and Shepparton. The major overhaul, which will help ensure a safe and reliable service for north east communities, is progressing quickly with workers already on the section of track between Murchison East and Toolamba. A crew of 50 V/Line staff is working through the night in 10-night blocks, completing the work while Shepparton trains aren’t running so passengers aren’t disrupted. This essential maintenance will not only ensure safe and reliable journeys for passengers – it will also reduce the need for future maintenance and improve the ride quality of the track. Because of the vital works, Shepparton trains need to travel over the new sleepers at a slower speed to allow them to bed down. As a result, all services have an additional two minutes' journey time during the works. A revised temporary timetable for Shepparton services is in place and is available on the V/Line website so passengers can plan their journey. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re carrying out these major works to improve services for passengers along the Seymour and Shepparton lines.” “Crews are working through the night to get these essential sleeper replacements done while minimising disruptions to passengers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re getting on with the job of replacing tens of thousands of sleepers along the Seymour and Shepparton lines – improving safety and reliability for regional commuters.” “We’ve invested more than $27 million on sleeper replacements along the rail corridor in the last 12-months as part of our plan to deliver more reliable services for locals.”

Sleeper Replacement Works Move To Shepparton Line

The Andrews Labor Government’s sleeper line replacement has moved to the next phase, with crews working through the night to replace tens-of-thousands of sleepers between Seymour and Shepparton. Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited Seymour where crews began replacing the first of 37,000 sleepers on the 83-kilometre section of track between Seymour and Shepparton. The major overhaul, which will help ensure a safe and reliable service for north east communities, is progressing quickly with workers already on the section of track between Murchison East and Toolamba. A crew of 50 V/Line staff is working through the night in 10-night blocks, completing the work while Shepparton trains aren’t running so passengers aren’t disrupted. This essential maintenance will not only ensure safe and reliable journeys for passengers – it will also reduce the need for future maintenance and improve the ride quality of the track. Because of the vital works, Shepparton trains need to travel over the new sleepers at a slower speed to allow them to bed down. As a result, all services have an additional two minutes' journey time during the works. A revised temporary timetable for Shepparton services is in place and is available on the V/Line website so passengers can plan their journey. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re carrying out these major works to improve services for passengers along the Seymour and Shepparton lines.” “Crews are working through the night to get these essential sleeper replacements done while minimising disruptions to passengers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re getting on with the job of replacing tens of thousands of sleepers along the Seymour and Shepparton lines – improving safety and reliability for regional commuters.” “We’ve invested more than $27 million on sleeper replacements along the rail corridor in the last 12-months as part of our plan to deliver more reliable services for locals.”

Improving Safety At St Mary’s College Seymour

The Andrews Labor Government is improving safety for the 400 students and teachers at St Mary’s College in Seymour by helping fund a new boundary fence alongside the adjacent North East Railway corridor. Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited the school to announce $10,000 from the Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program to help build the fence. The 250-metres of new fencing, along the eastern perimeter of St Mary’s College, will better protect the community and students from unsafe crossing of the rail line to and from the school grounds. The Labor Government has worked closely with the school’s new Principal Wayne Smith to increase safety and to help discourage potential unsafe crossing of the railway line within the vicinity of the school grounds. The Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program was established in 2018 to support small-scale local transport initiatives and innovative transport solutions across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re seeing more and more trains using Seymour Station as we increase the number of services on the regional network so it’s important, we do all we can to keep locals safe around the train line.” “This is a great example of what can be achieved when government and locals work together to improve safety around our rail lines.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Seymour continues to play an important role as a regional hub for transport and education in the north east – we’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project that enhances both.” “This follows on from Labor’s recent $1.4M investment to upgrade facilities at St Mary’s.” Quotes attributable to Principal of St Mary’s College Wayne Smith “This funding will enable our College community to provide a safer environment for our students and enable us to complete fencing around the school boundary.” “We are particularly grateful to Jaclyn Symes and the Victorian Government for their support.”

Improving Safety At St Mary’s College Seymour

The Andrews Labor Government is improving safety for the 400 students and teachers at St Mary’s College in Seymour by helping fund a new boundary fence alongside the adjacent North East Railway corridor. Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited the school to announce $10,000 from the Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program to help build the fence. The 250-metres of new fencing, along the eastern perimeter of St Mary’s College, will better protect the community and students from unsafe crossing of the rail line to and from the school grounds. The Labor Government has worked closely with the school’s new Principal Wayne Smith to increase safety and to help discourage potential unsafe crossing of the railway line within the vicinity of the school grounds. The Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program was established in 2018 to support small-scale local transport initiatives and innovative transport solutions across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re seeing more and more trains using Seymour Station as we increase the number of services on the regional network so it’s important, we do all we can to keep locals safe around the train line.” “This is a great example of what can be achieved when government and locals work together to improve safety around our rail lines.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Seymour continues to play an important role as a regional hub for transport and education in the north east – we’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project that enhances both.” “This follows on from Labor’s recent $1.4M investment to upgrade facilities at St Mary’s.” Quotes attributable to Principal of St Mary’s College Wayne Smith “This funding will enable our College community to provide a safer environment for our students and enable us to complete fencing around the school boundary.” “We are particularly grateful to Jaclyn Symes and the Victorian Government for their support.”

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