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LABOR DELIVERS MASSIVE FUNDING BOOST FOR BEECHWORTH HEALTH SERVICE

Beechworth Health Service will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $6.24 million at Beechworth Health Service. That’s $622,000 more than the previous 12 months – an 11 per cent increase. The funding for Beechworth Health has increased by $1.35 million, or 27.5 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Nationals Government was in power. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals – a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberal Nationals were in Government. The Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home. “We’re delivering record funding to ensure that Beechworth and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home,” Ms Symes said. “Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. “We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.” The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months. The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services. All this would be put at risk by the Liberals – who always cut health funding, hurting patients and making it harder for Victorian families to get the care they need when they need it.

LABOR DELIVERS MASSIVE FUNDING BOOST FOR BEECHWORTH HEALTH SERVICE

Beechworth Health Service will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $6.24 million at Beechworth Health Service. That’s $622,000 more than the previous 12 months – an 11 per cent increase. The funding for Beechworth Health has increased by $1.35 million, or 27.5 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Nationals Government was in power. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals – a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberal Nationals were in Government. The Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home. “We’re delivering record funding to ensure that Beechworth and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home,” Ms Symes said. “Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. “We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.” The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months. The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services. All this would be put at risk by the Liberals – who always cut health funding, hurting patients and making it harder for Victorian families to get the care they need when they need it.

LABOR DELIVERS MASSIVE FUNDING BOOST FOR ALEXANDRA DISTRICT HEALTH

Alexandra District Health will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $7.24 million at Alexandra District Health. That’s $533,000 more than the previous 12 months – a 7.9 per cent increase. The funding for Alexandra District Health has increased by $1.5 million, or 26.3 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Nationals Government was in power. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals, a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberal Nationals were in Government. The Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home. “We’re delivering record funding to ensure that Alexandra and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home,” Ms Symes said. “Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. “We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.” The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months. In total, the Labor Government is investing $19.4 billion in Victoria’s health system, including ambulance services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, aged care, community health and other services. The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services. All this would be put at risk by the Liberals – who always cut health funding, hurting patients and making it harder for Victorian families to get the care they need when they need it.

LABOR DELIVERS MASSIVE FUNDING BOOST FOR ALEXANDRA DISTRICT HEALTH

Alexandra District Health will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $7.24 million at Alexandra District Health. That’s $533,000 more than the previous 12 months – a 7.9 per cent increase. The funding for Alexandra District Health has increased by $1.5 million, or 26.3 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Nationals Government was in power. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals, a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberal Nationals were in Government. The Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home. “We’re delivering record funding to ensure that Alexandra and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home,” Ms Symes said. “Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. “We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.” The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months. In total, the Labor Government is investing $19.4 billion in Victoria’s health system, including ambulance services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, aged care, community health and other services. The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services. All this would be put at risk by the Liberals – who always cut health funding, hurting patients and making it harder for Victorian families to get the care they need when they need it.

LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS MASSIVE FUNDING BOOST FOR ALPINE DISTRICT HEALTH

Alpine District Health will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care. Labor Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $14.23 million at Alpine Health. That’s $651,000 more than the previous 12 months – a 4.8 per cent increase. The funding for Alpine Health has increased by $1.76 million, or 14.1 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Nationals Government was in power. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals, a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberals were in Government. The Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home. “We’re delivering record funding to ensure that Myrtleford, Bright, Mount Beauty and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home,” Ms Symes said. “Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. “We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.” The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months. In total, the Labor Government is investing $19.4 billion in Victoria’s health system, including ambulance services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, aged care, community health and other services. The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services. All this would be at risk under a Liberal Nationals Government – who cut health funding, close beds and privatise hospitals to benefit their mates in the big end of town.

LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS MASSIVE FUNDING BOOST FOR ALPINE DISTRICT HEALTH

Alpine District Health will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care. Labor Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $14.23 million at Alpine Health. That’s $651,000 more than the previous 12 months – a 4.8 per cent increase. The funding for Alpine Health has increased by $1.76 million, or 14.1 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Nationals Government was in power. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals, a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberals were in Government. The Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home. “We’re delivering record funding to ensure that Myrtleford, Bright, Mount Beauty and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home,” Ms Symes said. “Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. “We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.” The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months. In total, the Labor Government is investing $19.4 billion in Victoria’s health system, including ambulance services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, aged care, community health and other services. The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services. All this would be at risk under a Liberal Nationals Government – who cut health funding, close beds and privatise hospitals to benefit their mates in the big end of town.

BOOSTING FISH HABITAT FOR ANGLERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The Andrews Labor Government has announced four new fish habitat projects worth more than $267,000 to make fishing even better across Victorian rivers. Increasing fish habitats is a great way to improve fishing in the long term because it provides new homes for fish where they can feed, shelter and breed. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today announced the new projects on the Goulburn River in Seymour, downstream from where the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has installed nearly 300 snags for native fish such as Murray cod. The Goulburn Broken CMA will manage two of these new projects worth $69,000. The first will install snags in the lower Goulburn River at three sites near its confluence with the Murray River. The second will place boulders and snags into the water to create more diverse fish habitats on the Rubicon River. The iconic Snowy River will benefit too, thanks to a $110,000 project to be undertaken by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. This project will improve fish habitat density and connectivity that will assist stocked populations of Australian bass and other migratory native fish. The fourth new fish habitat project is on the Mitta Mitta River where the North East CMA will deliver $88,000 worth of fish habitat work between Lake Hume and Eskdale. The North East CMA has installed more than 200 log structures into the river during recent years and scientific monitoring has confirmed they were rapidly utilised by native fish. Adding habitat also helps optimise the return to anglers from annual stockings of Murray cod, grown at the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s Snobs Creek hatchery. More than 135,000 Murray cod fingerlings have been stocked into the lower Mitta Mitta River since 2012. The four new fish habitat projects are funded through recreational fishing licence fees and are part of the 2017-18 Recreational Fishing Licence Large Grants Program. The program complements the Labor Government's Target One Million plan, which is investing a record $46 million to grow participation in the much-loved past time. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford   “It’s great to see all the project partners – including local anglers, landholders and government agencies – working together to improve our rivers.” “We’re improving fish habitat and stocking more fish to get more people fishing, more often – right across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes  “The Goulburn River is our most beautiful local asset and we are always looking for ways to ensure everyone gets to enjoy it – this investment will see more people out enjoying this amazing waterway.”

BOOSTING FISH HABITAT FOR ANGLERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The Andrews Labor Government has announced four new fish habitat projects worth more than $267,000 to make fishing even better across Victorian rivers. Increasing fish habitats is a great way to improve fishing in the long term because it provides new homes for fish where they can feed, shelter and breed. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today announced the new projects on the Goulburn River in Seymour, downstream from where the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has installed nearly 300 snags for native fish such as Murray cod. The Goulburn Broken CMA will manage two of these new projects worth $69,000. The first will install snags in the lower Goulburn River at three sites near its confluence with the Murray River. The second will place boulders and snags into the water to create more diverse fish habitats on the Rubicon River. The iconic Snowy River will benefit too, thanks to a $110,000 project to be undertaken by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. This project will improve fish habitat density and connectivity that will assist stocked populations of Australian bass and other migratory native fish. The fourth new fish habitat project is on the Mitta Mitta River where the North East CMA will deliver $88,000 worth of fish habitat work between Lake Hume and Eskdale. The North East CMA has installed more than 200 log structures into the river during recent years and scientific monitoring has confirmed they were rapidly utilised by native fish. Adding habitat also helps optimise the return to anglers from annual stockings of Murray cod, grown at the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s Snobs Creek hatchery. More than 135,000 Murray cod fingerlings have been stocked into the lower Mitta Mitta River since 2012. The four new fish habitat projects are funded through recreational fishing licence fees and are part of the 2017-18 Recreational Fishing Licence Large Grants Program. The program complements the Labor Government's Target One Million plan, which is investing a record $46 million to grow participation in the much-loved past time. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford   “It’s great to see all the project partners – including local anglers, landholders and government agencies – working together to improve our rivers.” “We’re improving fish habitat and stocking more fish to get more people fishing, more often – right across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes  “The Goulburn River is our most beautiful local asset and we are always looking for ways to ensure everyone gets to enjoy it – this investment will see more people out enjoying this amazing waterway.”

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