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BETTER TRAINS ON THEIR WAY FOR THE NORTH EAST LINE

The Andrews Labor Government is refurbishing and reconfiguring trains for the north east line to make services more comfortable and reliable for local passengers. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes will travel to Melbourne on Tuesday with Mayors and CEOs from three local councils to inspect works on the Labor Government’s $15 million upgrade of the north east line carriages. The north east line is the only standard gauge passenger line in Victoria, with a dedicated fleet of standard gauge rolling stock. Currently there are three train sets operating on the line – the bare minimum required to run the three return services to Albury each day. This means that if there is a fault, animal strike or other incident which causes a train to be taken out of service, there is no option but to put passengers on coaches. The upgrade being carried out right now will add a new carriage and reconfigure the three existing five-carriage trains into four four-carriage trains. Creating a fourth train will mean there is one in reserve if something goes wrong, meaning less services replaced by coaches. The multi-million upgrade will also refurbish the north east line trains – deep-cleaning the carpets, replacing upholstery and giving the old carriages a fresh lick of paint. The Labor Government is also planning for a new generation of rolling-stock on the North East line, to replace the current ‘Classic’ fleet. Ms Symes once again renewed calls for the Federal Government to do their bit and fix the track on the north east line, which continues to be the main source of delays and disruptions for services to Albury. While Victoria operates the trains on the north east line, the track is operated and maintained by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) – a federal body regulated by the Federal Government. “I can’t wait to see how works are progressing on our multi-million dollar upgrade of north east line trains.” “Our multi-million dollar carriage upgrade will make the journey more comfortable for local passengers, and mean they are on trains instead of coaches more often – even if something unexpected happens.” “Damian Drum, Darren Chester and the Turnbull Government are sitting on their hands while the line decays and passengers suffer – it’s time for them to fix the track properly so we can run better services.”  

BETTER TRAINS ON THEIR WAY FOR THE NORTH EAST LINE

The Andrews Labor Government is refurbishing and reconfiguring trains for the north east line to make services more comfortable and reliable for local passengers. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes will travel to Melbourne on Tuesday with Mayors and CEOs from three local councils to inspect works on the Labor Government’s $15 million upgrade of the north east line carriages. The north east line is the only standard gauge passenger line in Victoria, with a dedicated fleet of standard gauge rolling stock. Currently there are three train sets operating on the line – the bare minimum required to run the three return services to Albury each day. This means that if there is a fault, animal strike or other incident which causes a train to be taken out of service, there is no option but to put passengers on coaches. The upgrade being carried out right now will add a new carriage and reconfigure the three existing five-carriage trains into four four-carriage trains. Creating a fourth train will mean there is one in reserve if something goes wrong, meaning less services replaced by coaches. The multi-million upgrade will also refurbish the north east line trains – deep-cleaning the carpets, replacing upholstery and giving the old carriages a fresh lick of paint. The Labor Government is also planning for a new generation of rolling-stock on the North East line, to replace the current ‘Classic’ fleet. Ms Symes once again renewed calls for the Federal Government to do their bit and fix the track on the north east line, which continues to be the main source of delays and disruptions for services to Albury. While Victoria operates the trains on the north east line, the track is operated and maintained by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) – a federal body regulated by the Federal Government. “I can’t wait to see how works are progressing on our multi-million dollar upgrade of north east line trains.” “Our multi-million dollar carriage upgrade will make the journey more comfortable for local passengers, and mean they are on trains instead of coaches more often – even if something unexpected happens.” “Damian Drum, Darren Chester and the Turnbull Government are sitting on their hands while the line decays and passengers suffer – it’s time for them to fix the track properly so we can run better services.”  

FUNDING BOOST FOR WANGARATTA CUP

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced a joint funding package of more than $172,000 to upgrade the power supply to the club and support the running of this year’s Wangaratta Cup on Sunday 5 March. To attract racegoers to the event, the Andrews Labor Government is contributing almost $42,000 through the Victorian Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program. The Wangaratta Turf Club will provide almost $32,000 and Country Racing Victoria will give $10,000 to the event. The Wangaratta Cup is part of Country Racing Victoria’s ‘Relax at the Country Races’ campaign, which covers 42 weekend and feature race meetings across regional Victoria from 5 February through to 1 April 2017. Former Essendon and AFL star Matthew Lloyd, along with media personalities Liam Pickering and Dr Turf, will be this year’s Wangaratta Cup hosts and ambassadors. Patrons can book a King Valley Food and Wine Experience that includes entry to the racecourse and the King Valley enclosure featuring award-wining wines and local gourmet produce. Family entertainment will include a ‘Kids’ World’ entertainment area featuring children’s sports activities, face painting, a giant water slide and pony rides. Complimentary shuttle buses will transport patrons to and from the racecourse from surrounding towns including Bright, Myrtleford, Beechworth, Yarrawonga, Bundalong, Milawa and areas within Wangaratta. The club has also received funding to upgrade its power supply to ensure the club can meet increased demand for electricity on the race day. The Andrews Labor Government contributed more than $44,000 towards the upgrade through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. The Wangaratta Turf Club provided more than $24,000 and Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria put forward $20,000. Last year, the power supply failed after five races on Wangaratta Cup Day which led to the cancellation of the running of the Cup. The upgrade includes a new transformer to power the racecourse, new cabling, an electrical box and installation. The increased power supply will provide the club with a guaranteed supply of electricity and also allow training to be conducted under better lighting each morning. The racing industry in the Ovens-Murray region generates more than $39 million for the Victorian economy and helps to sustain more than 380 full-time equivalent jobs locally. “The Wangaratta Cup is one of the feature races on the country racing calendar, contributing to the local economy and attracting many visitors to this beautiful part of Victoria,” Ms Symes said. “The Wangaratta Turf Club has undergone extensive improvements to public facilities and racing infrastructure over the past three years and we’re proud to be supporting the club again in 2017.” Quotes attributable to Wangaratta Turf Club CEO Paul Hoysted “We thank the Victorian Government for its ongoing support, not only for our cup meeting, but for also for the recent capital works at the racecourse.” “Racing has a rich history in Wangaratta and has helped shape the identity of the town. We encourage visitors and locals alike to join us on cup day for the very best of country racing.”    

FUNDING BOOST FOR WANGARATTA CUP

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced a joint funding package of more than $172,000 to upgrade the power supply to the club and support the running of this year’s Wangaratta Cup on Sunday 5 March. To attract racegoers to the event, the Andrews Labor Government is contributing almost $42,000 through the Victorian Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program. The Wangaratta Turf Club will provide almost $32,000 and Country Racing Victoria will give $10,000 to the event. The Wangaratta Cup is part of Country Racing Victoria’s ‘Relax at the Country Races’ campaign, which covers 42 weekend and feature race meetings across regional Victoria from 5 February through to 1 April 2017. Former Essendon and AFL star Matthew Lloyd, along with media personalities Liam Pickering and Dr Turf, will be this year’s Wangaratta Cup hosts and ambassadors. Patrons can book a King Valley Food and Wine Experience that includes entry to the racecourse and the King Valley enclosure featuring award-wining wines and local gourmet produce. Family entertainment will include a ‘Kids’ World’ entertainment area featuring children’s sports activities, face painting, a giant water slide and pony rides. Complimentary shuttle buses will transport patrons to and from the racecourse from surrounding towns including Bright, Myrtleford, Beechworth, Yarrawonga, Bundalong, Milawa and areas within Wangaratta. The club has also received funding to upgrade its power supply to ensure the club can meet increased demand for electricity on the race day. The Andrews Labor Government contributed more than $44,000 towards the upgrade through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. The Wangaratta Turf Club provided more than $24,000 and Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria put forward $20,000. Last year, the power supply failed after five races on Wangaratta Cup Day which led to the cancellation of the running of the Cup. The upgrade includes a new transformer to power the racecourse, new cabling, an electrical box and installation. The increased power supply will provide the club with a guaranteed supply of electricity and also allow training to be conducted under better lighting each morning. The racing industry in the Ovens-Murray region generates more than $39 million for the Victorian economy and helps to sustain more than 380 full-time equivalent jobs locally. “The Wangaratta Cup is one of the feature races on the country racing calendar, contributing to the local economy and attracting many visitors to this beautiful part of Victoria,” Ms Symes said. “The Wangaratta Turf Club has undergone extensive improvements to public facilities and racing infrastructure over the past three years and we’re proud to be supporting the club again in 2017.” Quotes attributable to Wangaratta Turf Club CEO Paul Hoysted “We thank the Victorian Government for its ongoing support, not only for our cup meeting, but for also for the recent capital works at the racecourse.” “Racing has a rich history in Wangaratta and has helped shape the identity of the town. We encourage visitors and locals alike to join us on cup day for the very best of country racing.”    

AN EXCITING FUTURE FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN WANGARATTA

Social enterprises in Wangaratta will have greater opportunities to expand their business, employ new staff and access more markets as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Social Enterprise Strategy. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today launched the strategy at Merriwa Industries – a social enterprise employing people with a disability or disadvantage, through a range of businesses including timber and packaging. The new Social Enterprise Strategy, which is supported by $5 million in funding from the Labor Government, identifies three key areas for action: Increasing sector impact and innovation; Building business capacity and skills; Improving market access. Ms Symes said immediate priorities include establishing a state-wide Victorian Social Enterprise Network, sector research and economic modelling, a feasibility study for online skills development and training opportunities for social enterprises. A social procurement framework will also be developed to help open more government contracts to purchasing goods and services from social enterprises, generating positive outcomes for the Victorian economy and community. “Social enterprises based in the Wangaratta region do amazing work for our local communities, and they will directly benefit from the initiatives outlined in this Australian-first strategy,” Ms Symes said. “This sector has enormous potential for economic growth and job creation, and I’m excited to watch it flourish right here in Wangaratta and throughout Northern Victoria. “Merriwa Industries is a great example of how successful businesses can be while providing substantial social benefits. “After an amazing 40 plus years in business, I understand Merriwa’s revenue has now reached over $20 million per annum – a remarkable achievement. “At the same time the business offers employment opportunities for around 80 people – within a larger workforce of around 240 - who may otherwise have been disadvantaged in the labour market. “Not only are jobs provided, which creates the greatest impacts in individuals lives, but also a range of community services can be funded that provide essential support, such as shared, supported accommodation and respite care.” The Wangaratta region is home to more than 100 social enterprises, and it also benefits from the Government’s $1.4 million Algabonyah Employment and Partnerships program, bridging the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the Goulburn-Murray region. You can access a copy of the Social Enterprise Strategy at www.economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/social-enterprise

AN EXCITING FUTURE FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN WANGARATTA

Social enterprises in Wangaratta will have greater opportunities to expand their business, employ new staff and access more markets as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Social Enterprise Strategy. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today launched the strategy at Merriwa Industries – a social enterprise employing people with a disability or disadvantage, through a range of businesses including timber and packaging. The new Social Enterprise Strategy, which is supported by $5 million in funding from the Labor Government, identifies three key areas for action: Increasing sector impact and innovation; Building business capacity and skills; Improving market access. Ms Symes said immediate priorities include establishing a state-wide Victorian Social Enterprise Network, sector research and economic modelling, a feasibility study for online skills development and training opportunities for social enterprises. A social procurement framework will also be developed to help open more government contracts to purchasing goods and services from social enterprises, generating positive outcomes for the Victorian economy and community. “Social enterprises based in the Wangaratta region do amazing work for our local communities, and they will directly benefit from the initiatives outlined in this Australian-first strategy,” Ms Symes said. “This sector has enormous potential for economic growth and job creation, and I’m excited to watch it flourish right here in Wangaratta and throughout Northern Victoria. “Merriwa Industries is a great example of how successful businesses can be while providing substantial social benefits. “After an amazing 40 plus years in business, I understand Merriwa’s revenue has now reached over $20 million per annum – a remarkable achievement. “At the same time the business offers employment opportunities for around 80 people – within a larger workforce of around 240 - who may otherwise have been disadvantaged in the labour market. “Not only are jobs provided, which creates the greatest impacts in individuals lives, but also a range of community services can be funded that provide essential support, such as shared, supported accommodation and respite care.” The Wangaratta region is home to more than 100 social enterprises, and it also benefits from the Government’s $1.4 million Algabonyah Employment and Partnerships program, bridging the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the Goulburn-Murray region. You can access a copy of the Social Enterprise Strategy at www.economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/social-enterprise

Road gets upgrade

25 Feb 2017 • Shepparton News, Shepparton VIC (General News) by Declan Martin SAFETY MEASURES PART OF WORKS ON DANGEROUS SECTION OF MIDLAND HWY A roundabout at the intersection with Tatura-Undera Rd and traffic signals at KidsTown are some of the major changes in a $22.5 million Victorian Government upgrade of the Midland Hwy between Stanhope and Shepparton. The VicRoads works start on Monday and also include the installation of f lexible safety barriers, six additional overtaking lanes - three in each direction - and road widening. The f lexible safety barriers will be installed down the centre-line of sections of the highway, after road widening, and on the left-hand side of the road in high-risk locations. The road will be widened between Turnbull Rd, Mooroopna, and Johnson Rd, Stanhope, and rumble strips will be added along 29 km of the road. VicRoads is working with landowners and emergency services and will continue to ensure safe access to properties and sections of the highway. The improvements are aimed at preventing head-on, run-off and intersection crashes after the stretch of road was identified as Victoria's highest risk road due to crash history, road surface and the safety of key intersections. Since January 2010, this section of road has recorded 79 casualty crashes including three fatalities, 32 serious injuries and 44 other associated injuries. The latest fatality occurred on January 25 last year at the Tatura-Undera Rd intersection. A VicRoads spokesperson said the project was set to start in September, but given last year's road toll and the need to put in place safety measures as soon as possible, work had been brought forward. Works are expected to be completed in mid-2018. There may be a slight increase in travel time associated with traffic management, including the introduction of work zone speed limits. An interim safer speed of 80 km/h will be introduced at the intersection of Midland Hwy and TaturaUndera Rd when works begin, following a series of serious crashes. The spokesperson said every effort would be made to avoid and minimise impacts to residents, motorists and the environment. Speed limit reductions from 50 km/h to 40 km/h are also being considered in Mooroopna for pedestrian safety. "There have been a number of tragic accidents along the Midland Hwy and that's why Labor is investing in innovative ways to make country roads safer," Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said. "The installation of barriers down the centre and along the side of the Midland Hwy will help prevent head-on crashes and reduce the severity of the impact on motorists." Caption Text: Safety measures: A $22.5 million Victorian Government upgrade of the Midland Hwy between Stanhope and Shepparton starts on Monday. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Road gets upgrade

25 Feb 2017 • Shepparton News, Shepparton VIC (General News) by Declan Martin SAFETY MEASURES PART OF WORKS ON DANGEROUS SECTION OF MIDLAND HWY A roundabout at the intersection with Tatura-Undera Rd and traffic signals at KidsTown are some of the major changes in a $22.5 million Victorian Government upgrade of the Midland Hwy between Stanhope and Shepparton. The VicRoads works start on Monday and also include the installation of f lexible safety barriers, six additional overtaking lanes - three in each direction - and road widening. The f lexible safety barriers will be installed down the centre-line of sections of the highway, after road widening, and on the left-hand side of the road in high-risk locations. The road will be widened between Turnbull Rd, Mooroopna, and Johnson Rd, Stanhope, and rumble strips will be added along 29 km of the road. VicRoads is working with landowners and emergency services and will continue to ensure safe access to properties and sections of the highway. The improvements are aimed at preventing head-on, run-off and intersection crashes after the stretch of road was identified as Victoria's highest risk road due to crash history, road surface and the safety of key intersections. Since January 2010, this section of road has recorded 79 casualty crashes including three fatalities, 32 serious injuries and 44 other associated injuries. The latest fatality occurred on January 25 last year at the Tatura-Undera Rd intersection. A VicRoads spokesperson said the project was set to start in September, but given last year's road toll and the need to put in place safety measures as soon as possible, work had been brought forward. Works are expected to be completed in mid-2018. There may be a slight increase in travel time associated with traffic management, including the introduction of work zone speed limits. An interim safer speed of 80 km/h will be introduced at the intersection of Midland Hwy and TaturaUndera Rd when works begin, following a series of serious crashes. The spokesperson said every effort would be made to avoid and minimise impacts to residents, motorists and the environment. Speed limit reductions from 50 km/h to 40 km/h are also being considered in Mooroopna for pedestrian safety. "There have been a number of tragic accidents along the Midland Hwy and that's why Labor is investing in innovative ways to make country roads safer," Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said. "The installation of barriers down the centre and along the side of the Midland Hwy will help prevent head-on crashes and reduce the severity of the impact on motorists." Caption Text: Safety measures: A $22.5 million Victorian Government upgrade of the Midland Hwy between Stanhope and Shepparton starts on Monday. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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