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GETTING ON WITH SEYMOUR LINE SLEEPER WORKS

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with Seymour line sleeper replacement works and giving greater certainty to passengers with the introduction of a temporary timetable in July. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said V/Line crews would work through the night to replace more than 31,000 wooden sleepers on the Melbourne-bound track between Seymour and Donnybrook as part of a $9 million upgrade. This follows the competition of the $7.2 million sleeper replacement program on the Seymour-bound track. Trains need to run at slower speeds over freshly-laid sleepers to allow the track to bed down. To allow for the extra journey time, a temporary timetable will be put in place from Wednesday 10 July. The small change will allow for trains to fit in seamlessly with metropolitan services on the Craigieburn line as per the current schedule. Seymour and Shepparton trains heading towards Melbourne will depart four minutes earlier than the current schedule from all stations between Shepparton, Seymour and Donnybrook. They will run to the current timetable between Craigieburn and Melbourne. The adjusted times will be in place until further advised. Passengers are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and arrive in time for the train as it published in the timetable. Passengers can plan their journey by downloading the temporary timetable from the V/Line website or visit their nearest staffed station or ticket agent for a printed copy. Trains to and from Albury and scheduled coach services will continue to operate as normal. To allow crews to safely complete sleeper replacement works, some late-night Seymour trains will be replaced with coaches on select evenings. Specific service change information is available on the V/Line website and will be updated as works continue. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This small change which will help keep Seymour and Shepparton trains on time while we complete these important upgrades to the network.” “It’s upgrades like these that are vital to the long-term reliability of trains on the line and we’re working hard to complete the works while causing as little disruption to services as possible.”

GETTING ON WITH SEYMOUR LINE SLEEPER WORKS

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with Seymour line sleeper replacement works and giving greater certainty to passengers with the introduction of a temporary timetable in July. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said V/Line crews would work through the night to replace more than 31,000 wooden sleepers on the Melbourne-bound track between Seymour and Donnybrook as part of a $9 million upgrade. This follows the competition of the $7.2 million sleeper replacement program on the Seymour-bound track. Trains need to run at slower speeds over freshly-laid sleepers to allow the track to bed down. To allow for the extra journey time, a temporary timetable will be put in place from Wednesday 10 July. The small change will allow for trains to fit in seamlessly with metropolitan services on the Craigieburn line as per the current schedule. Seymour and Shepparton trains heading towards Melbourne will depart four minutes earlier than the current schedule from all stations between Shepparton, Seymour and Donnybrook. They will run to the current timetable between Craigieburn and Melbourne. The adjusted times will be in place until further advised. Passengers are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and arrive in time for the train as it published in the timetable. Passengers can plan their journey by downloading the temporary timetable from the V/Line website or visit their nearest staffed station or ticket agent for a printed copy. Trains to and from Albury and scheduled coach services will continue to operate as normal. To allow crews to safely complete sleeper replacement works, some late-night Seymour trains will be replaced with coaches on select evenings. Specific service change information is available on the V/Line website and will be updated as works continue. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This small change which will help keep Seymour and Shepparton trains on time while we complete these important upgrades to the network.” “It’s upgrades like these that are vital to the long-term reliability of trains on the line and we’re working hard to complete the works while causing as little disruption to services as possible.”

United Nations Award For Victorian Rabbit Program

The Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Rabbit Action Network is set to be recognised with a prestigious United Nations Public Service award. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the program, delivered by Agriculture Victoria, will receive an award for ‘delivering more inclusive and equitable services’ on United Nations Public Service Day. The program has taken a long-term, collaborative approach across generations, right across the state, to manage one of Victoria’s most invasive species, the European rabbit. Rabbit Action Network community members Gerald Leach and Dr. Kathryn Rodden, along with Agriculture Victoria program manager Michael Reid will travel to Baku, Azerbaijan, this week to accept the award at a ceremony on UN Public Service Day. The award was contested by programs from Europe, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand, and Victoria’s program was successful for bringing together a diverse range of perspectives from those affected by rabbits - including land managers, farmers, scientists, government officials and the wider community. Since its establishment, the network has reached 6,000 people, covering more than 2.5 million hectares of public and private land. By the end of 2019, it is expected to have engaged 10,000 people. The network’s strength is providing a forum for individuals to highlight their key concerns, addressing the complex nature of the rabbit problem, and identifying location and community-specific solutions. Agriculture Victoria is now looking at how this model of shared decision-making and responsibility can be applied to managing other invasive species and issues across the state. For more information about the Victorian Rabbit Action Network, visit https://rabbitaction.com. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Congratulations to Agriculture Victoria and the Victorian Rabbit Action Network on this prestigious award, showing that our agricultural sector is among the most innovative and successful in the world.” “It’s inspiring to see a strong partnership between government and community tackling such a complex issue that affects both our agriculture sector and the broader environment.” “Rabbits don’t follow fence lines and boundaries, and neither does the Victorian Rabbit Action Network – we’re making sure community, industry and government work effectively together to develop long-term, sustainable approaches and solutions.”

United Nations Award For Victorian Rabbit Program

The Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Rabbit Action Network is set to be recognised with a prestigious United Nations Public Service award. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the program, delivered by Agriculture Victoria, will receive an award for ‘delivering more inclusive and equitable services’ on United Nations Public Service Day. The program has taken a long-term, collaborative approach across generations, right across the state, to manage one of Victoria’s most invasive species, the European rabbit. Rabbit Action Network community members Gerald Leach and Dr. Kathryn Rodden, along with Agriculture Victoria program manager Michael Reid will travel to Baku, Azerbaijan, this week to accept the award at a ceremony on UN Public Service Day. The award was contested by programs from Europe, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand, and Victoria’s program was successful for bringing together a diverse range of perspectives from those affected by rabbits - including land managers, farmers, scientists, government officials and the wider community. Since its establishment, the network has reached 6,000 people, covering more than 2.5 million hectares of public and private land. By the end of 2019, it is expected to have engaged 10,000 people. The network’s strength is providing a forum for individuals to highlight their key concerns, addressing the complex nature of the rabbit problem, and identifying location and community-specific solutions. Agriculture Victoria is now looking at how this model of shared decision-making and responsibility can be applied to managing other invasive species and issues across the state. For more information about the Victorian Rabbit Action Network, visit https://rabbitaction.com. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Congratulations to Agriculture Victoria and the Victorian Rabbit Action Network on this prestigious award, showing that our agricultural sector is among the most innovative and successful in the world.” “It’s inspiring to see a strong partnership between government and community tackling such a complex issue that affects both our agriculture sector and the broader environment.” “Rabbits don’t follow fence lines and boundaries, and neither does the Victorian Rabbit Action Network – we’re making sure community, industry and government work effectively together to develop long-term, sustainable approaches and solutions.”

International Visitors Flock To Victoria’s Regions

Victorian tourism is breaking records, bolstered by unprecedented growth in international visitors drawn to country and regional areas. Tourism Research Australia today reported that in the year to March, Victoria welcomed 3.1 million international tourists – up 5 per cent on the previous year – who spent $8.5 billion, up 7.6 per cent. The rise in international overnight visitors in regional Victoria was even more pronounced at more than triple the national regional average – 12 per cent compared with 3.3 per cent in other states. Phillip Island experienced monster growth, up 39.1 per cent, with six other hotspots recording double-digit rises: Gippsland (17.1 per cent), Goldfields (16.8 per cent), Murray (16.2 per cent), Mornington Peninsula (13.6 per cent), Geelong/Bellarine (11.4 per cent) and Great Ocean Road (10.9 per cent). International visitor spending in Melbourne increased by 7.9 per cent on the previous year to reach $8 billion, while overnight visitors increased by 4.7 per cent to 2.9 million, outperforming Sydney and the Gold Coast. Chinese visitors continue to lead the charge to Victoria with almost 680,000 visitors in the past year. Total spending by Chinese tourists was $3.2 billion. A significant increase in visitor spending was also recorded by visitors from the United States – up 14 per cent thanks in part to the launch of direct flights between Melbourne and San Francisco. These key growth figures show Victoria is on track to reach the Andrews Labor Government’s goal of growing the state’s total international and domestic visitor expenditure to $36.5 billion by 2025. Last year, total visitor expenditure was $28.7 billion, supporting more than 214,000 jobs including 114,000 in regional areas. While the new international visitor figures are welcome, more can always be done. That’s why the Labor Government is conducting the Regional Tourism Review, led by Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas, to investigate ways to expand the industry and boost local businesses and jobs. Ms Thomas has led consultation around the state and a discussion paper will be released for public comment in coming months. Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “More international visitors than ever are choosing to come to Victoria and it’s paying dividends in terms of thriving businesses and growing job opportunities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Our mix of natural beauty, world-class food and wine and unbeatable year-round events for the whole family provides a compelling reason for travellers to venture beyond the city limits.”

International Visitors Flock To Victoria’s Regions

Victorian tourism is breaking records, bolstered by unprecedented growth in international visitors drawn to country and regional areas. Tourism Research Australia today reported that in the year to March, Victoria welcomed 3.1 million international tourists – up 5 per cent on the previous year – who spent $8.5 billion, up 7.6 per cent. The rise in international overnight visitors in regional Victoria was even more pronounced at more than triple the national regional average – 12 per cent compared with 3.3 per cent in other states. Phillip Island experienced monster growth, up 39.1 per cent, with six other hotspots recording double-digit rises: Gippsland (17.1 per cent), Goldfields (16.8 per cent), Murray (16.2 per cent), Mornington Peninsula (13.6 per cent), Geelong/Bellarine (11.4 per cent) and Great Ocean Road (10.9 per cent). International visitor spending in Melbourne increased by 7.9 per cent on the previous year to reach $8 billion, while overnight visitors increased by 4.7 per cent to 2.9 million, outperforming Sydney and the Gold Coast. Chinese visitors continue to lead the charge to Victoria with almost 680,000 visitors in the past year. Total spending by Chinese tourists was $3.2 billion. A significant increase in visitor spending was also recorded by visitors from the United States – up 14 per cent thanks in part to the launch of direct flights between Melbourne and San Francisco. These key growth figures show Victoria is on track to reach the Andrews Labor Government’s goal of growing the state’s total international and domestic visitor expenditure to $36.5 billion by 2025. Last year, total visitor expenditure was $28.7 billion, supporting more than 214,000 jobs including 114,000 in regional areas. While the new international visitor figures are welcome, more can always be done. That’s why the Labor Government is conducting the Regional Tourism Review, led by Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas, to investigate ways to expand the industry and boost local businesses and jobs. Ms Thomas has led consultation around the state and a discussion paper will be released for public comment in coming months. Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “More international visitors than ever are choosing to come to Victoria and it’s paying dividends in terms of thriving businesses and growing job opportunities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Our mix of natural beauty, world-class food and wine and unbeatable year-round events for the whole family provides a compelling reason for travellers to venture beyond the city limits.”

FREE OPEN DAYS AT SNOBS CREEK HATCHERY

The Snobs Creek hatchery built by the Andrews Labor Government will be opening its doors during the school holidays – welcoming visitors to free open days on July 11 and 12. The two open days will provide keen freshwater anglers, locals and tourists with the perfect opportunity to learn about how their fish are produced. Funded by recreational fishing license fees and the Labor Government’s Target One Million plan, the team at Snobs Creek have grown a record number of Murray cod for stocking last summer and it is the home of trout production for Victoria’s huge state-wide stocking program. The hatchery played a huge part in stocking over 6 million fish in 2018 and will be pivotal in achieving the ambitious Target One Million commitment to stock 10 million by 2022. The open days provide a rare, behind-the-scenes view into the hatchery, where visitors can talk directly with expert Fisheries staff about the process of growing your trout, salmon and native fish. The open days will include family-oriented activities with prizes to be won and plenty on offer for kids of all ages, including fishing activities run by our education officers, casting clinics, and even a movie theatre to see how fish were once produced back in the day. Food will be available for purchase from the local Lions Club onsite. The hatchery will be open from 10am to 2pm, Thursday 11 July and Friday 12 July at 455 Goulburn Valley Highway, Eildon. For more information visit www.vfa.vic.gov.au/snobsopenday Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re encouraging people to come along to see first-hand how fish are bred, fed, sorted and loaded into customised stocking trucks for release into waterways across the state to make your fishing even better.” “We’re making freshwater fishing even better in Victoria – and this is a fantastic way to see the great work the team at Snobs Creek hatchery do.”

FREE OPEN DAYS AT SNOBS CREEK HATCHERY

The Snobs Creek hatchery built by the Andrews Labor Government will be opening its doors during the school holidays – welcoming visitors to free open days on July 11 and 12. The two open days will provide keen freshwater anglers, locals and tourists with the perfect opportunity to learn about how their fish are produced. Funded by recreational fishing license fees and the Labor Government’s Target One Million plan, the team at Snobs Creek have grown a record number of Murray cod for stocking last summer and it is the home of trout production for Victoria’s huge state-wide stocking program. The hatchery played a huge part in stocking over 6 million fish in 2018 and will be pivotal in achieving the ambitious Target One Million commitment to stock 10 million by 2022. The open days provide a rare, behind-the-scenes view into the hatchery, where visitors can talk directly with expert Fisheries staff about the process of growing your trout, salmon and native fish. The open days will include family-oriented activities with prizes to be won and plenty on offer for kids of all ages, including fishing activities run by our education officers, casting clinics, and even a movie theatre to see how fish were once produced back in the day. Food will be available for purchase from the local Lions Club onsite. The hatchery will be open from 10am to 2pm, Thursday 11 July and Friday 12 July at 455 Goulburn Valley Highway, Eildon. For more information visit www.vfa.vic.gov.au/snobsopenday Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re encouraging people to come along to see first-hand how fish are bred, fed, sorted and loaded into customised stocking trucks for release into waterways across the state to make your fishing even better.” “We’re making freshwater fishing even better in Victoria – and this is a fantastic way to see the great work the team at Snobs Creek hatchery do.”

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