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Victoria gets new agriculture minister

05 Dec 2018 • Wimmera Mail Times, Horsham VIC (Supplements) by Gregor Heard UPPER House member for Victoria's Northern Region Jaclyn Symes will be the state's new agriculture minister, providing she wins her seat. While Ms Symes is all but over the line following the results from last month's state election, she is yet to be formally appointed by the Victorian Electoral Commission. However, that formality is expected to happen soon. Ms Symes, who has close ties to North-East Victoria after growing up at Benalla, will replace Ballarat-based Jaala Pulford as agriculture minister. Ms Pulford taking over the ministries of Roads, Road Safety and the TAC, and Fishing and Boating, in the Andrews Government's cabinet reshuffle. Ms Symes was first elected to parliament in 2014. The agriculture ministry promises to be a lively place this term, with the likelihood the Animal Justice Party will have a seat in the Upper House on the crossbench. The party will be able to push its policies, which include a transition to totally plant-based diets.

Victoria gets new agriculture minister

05 Dec 2018 • Wimmera Mail Times, Horsham VIC (Supplements) by Gregor Heard UPPER House member for Victoria's Northern Region Jaclyn Symes will be the state's new agriculture minister, providing she wins her seat. While Ms Symes is all but over the line following the results from last month's state election, she is yet to be formally appointed by the Victorian Electoral Commission. However, that formality is expected to happen soon. Ms Symes, who has close ties to North-East Victoria after growing up at Benalla, will replace Ballarat-based Jaala Pulford as agriculture minister. Ms Pulford taking over the ministries of Roads, Road Safety and the TAC, and Fishing and Boating, in the Andrews Government's cabinet reshuffle. Ms Symes was first elected to parliament in 2014. The agriculture ministry promises to be a lively place this term, with the likelihood the Animal Justice Party will have a seat in the Upper House on the crossbench. The party will be able to push its policies, which include a transition to totally plant-based diets.

BETTER FISHING FACILITIES FOR LAKE EILDON

The Andrews Labor Government today announced funding to improve visitor facilities and recreation at Lake Eildon as part of a new initiative to improve Victoria’s waterways. Labor Upper House ouse HouMember for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, joined by Labor candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan, announced the $395,000 project to upgrade public recreational facilities at the Lake in partnership with Victoria Fisheries Authority and funding from community groups. The project includes upgrades to three recreational areas at Lake Eildon: Alliance Public Boat Ramp, Hutchinson Road Public Boat Ramp Reserve and Jerusalem Creek Public Boat Ramp Reserve. The project will be delivered by Goulburn Murray Water in partnership with the Alliance Boat Ramp Committee of Management who are also contributing to the project and construction supervision by the Murrindindi Shire. The boat ramp access at the Alliance Public Boat Ramp will be improved by extending single lane boat ramp into dual lane. The Hutchinson’s Road public boat ramp reserve will receive upgraded toilets, improved vehicle and boat trailer parking and visitor facilities such as BBQs and picnic shelters. And the Jerusalem Creek public boat ramp reserve project will replace outdated public amenities, including all abilities access. This funding follows the recent visit from Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford where she announced $500,000 to expand the local houseboat manufacturing industry and creating 20 new jobs. “This investment will bring about improvements to Lake Eildon and ensure that it is accessible and can be enjoyed as a natural treasure for many years to come,” Ms Symes said. “It’s about recognizing the importance these site are to recreational fishers and the community and how it contributes to the amazing experience Lake Eildon offers. “Sally Brennan, before she has even been elected is delivering for this community - imagine what she will be able to bring to Eildon if she elected as the Member on the 24th of November.” Ms Brennan welcomed the Government funding. “This is fantastic news not only for the local community, but also for our boating industry and tourism operators who will benefit from quality facilities attracting more tourists to the area.” “These sites were selected as they offer multiple community benefits and greater recreational opportunities for locals and visitors.” Project planning and development for all BRWUI projects will be in partnership with recreational users, local community members, Aboriginal Victorians, Traditional Owners and other key stakeholders, prior to delivery of on-ground works. The Labor Government’s Water for Victoria policy recognises the connection that communities, Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal Victorians have to waterways and their landscapes. The project will also improve fishing access to the Lake Eildon as part of the Labor Government’s Target One Million commitment to get more people fishing, more often. These projects are part of the Labor Government’s $3.2 million Boosting Recreational Water Use Initiative (BRWUI) to protect and enhance waterways across Victoria.

BETTER FISHING FACILITIES FOR LAKE EILDON

The Andrews Labor Government today announced funding to improve visitor facilities and recreation at Lake Eildon as part of a new initiative to improve Victoria’s waterways. Labor Upper House ouse HouMember for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, joined by Labor candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan, announced the $395,000 project to upgrade public recreational facilities at the Lake in partnership with Victoria Fisheries Authority and funding from community groups. The project includes upgrades to three recreational areas at Lake Eildon: Alliance Public Boat Ramp, Hutchinson Road Public Boat Ramp Reserve and Jerusalem Creek Public Boat Ramp Reserve. The project will be delivered by Goulburn Murray Water in partnership with the Alliance Boat Ramp Committee of Management who are also contributing to the project and construction supervision by the Murrindindi Shire. The boat ramp access at the Alliance Public Boat Ramp will be improved by extending single lane boat ramp into dual lane. The Hutchinson’s Road public boat ramp reserve will receive upgraded toilets, improved vehicle and boat trailer parking and visitor facilities such as BBQs and picnic shelters. And the Jerusalem Creek public boat ramp reserve project will replace outdated public amenities, including all abilities access. This funding follows the recent visit from Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford where she announced $500,000 to expand the local houseboat manufacturing industry and creating 20 new jobs. “This investment will bring about improvements to Lake Eildon and ensure that it is accessible and can be enjoyed as a natural treasure for many years to come,” Ms Symes said. “It’s about recognizing the importance these site are to recreational fishers and the community and how it contributes to the amazing experience Lake Eildon offers. “Sally Brennan, before she has even been elected is delivering for this community - imagine what she will be able to bring to Eildon if she elected as the Member on the 24th of November.” Ms Brennan welcomed the Government funding. “This is fantastic news not only for the local community, but also for our boating industry and tourism operators who will benefit from quality facilities attracting more tourists to the area.” “These sites were selected as they offer multiple community benefits and greater recreational opportunities for locals and visitors.” Project planning and development for all BRWUI projects will be in partnership with recreational users, local community members, Aboriginal Victorians, Traditional Owners and other key stakeholders, prior to delivery of on-ground works. The Labor Government’s Water for Victoria policy recognises the connection that communities, Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal Victorians have to waterways and their landscapes. The project will also improve fishing access to the Lake Eildon as part of the Labor Government’s Target One Million commitment to get more people fishing, more often. These projects are part of the Labor Government’s $3.2 million Boosting Recreational Water Use Initiative (BRWUI) to protect and enhance waterways across Victoria.

SUPPORTING ALEXANDRA TO ATTRACT EVENTS AND VISITORS

A unique new events venue in Alexandra will become a reality thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, was today joined by Labor candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan in announcing $50,000 from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan – a state-wide small grants program that supports country towns to create opportunities for population attraction and economic growth – for the development of a five-acre paddock on the edge of the town so that it can be used for community events. A number of groups in Alexandra are working cooperatively on this community-led project. The new events venue will allow some activities to be held locally which are currently lost to other towns, bring new events to the town, and help grow the visitor economy. Electricity and water will be provided to the site and a toilet block built, while trees will also be planted to provide shade. “This funding is great news for Alexandra as it means local people will have a great new venue to hold events, with the possibility of attracting new large events to town and boosting the local economy,” Ms Symes said. “The Stronger Regional Communities Plan is about supporting country towns to attract more people and families to live work and play, this is achieved by investing in initiatives that create opportunities for economic growth and build resilient and sustainable economies.” Ms Brennan welcomed the new funding. “This is great news for Alexandra, and further evidence that an Andrews Labor Government will continue to support the local community in building community infrastructure that they need.”

SUPPORTING ALEXANDRA TO ATTRACT EVENTS AND VISITORS

A unique new events venue in Alexandra will become a reality thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, was today joined by Labor candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan in announcing $50,000 from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan – a state-wide small grants program that supports country towns to create opportunities for population attraction and economic growth – for the development of a five-acre paddock on the edge of the town so that it can be used for community events. A number of groups in Alexandra are working cooperatively on this community-led project. The new events venue will allow some activities to be held locally which are currently lost to other towns, bring new events to the town, and help grow the visitor economy. Electricity and water will be provided to the site and a toilet block built, while trees will also be planted to provide shade. “This funding is great news for Alexandra as it means local people will have a great new venue to hold events, with the possibility of attracting new large events to town and boosting the local economy,” Ms Symes said. “The Stronger Regional Communities Plan is about supporting country towns to attract more people and families to live work and play, this is achieved by investing in initiatives that create opportunities for economic growth and build resilient and sustainable economies.” Ms Brennan welcomed the new funding. “This is great news for Alexandra, and further evidence that an Andrews Labor Government will continue to support the local community in building community infrastructure that they need.”

$1.5M IN ROADWORKS TO GET UNDER WAY IN MANSFIELD

Mansfield Shire Council roads are set for upgrades thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today joined Labor candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan in Mansfield to announce $1million in Andrews Government funding would allow council to start works. Council will contribute $500,000 The projects announced today include: Lakins Road Bridge Replacement - Replacement of a single lane 3t load limited timber and steel bridge with a major culvert structure. New structure to be capable of supporting truck and heavy machinery, have safety barriers and be on an improved alignment.  Bridge is located at Black Creek, Lakins Road, Mansfield. Dead Horse Lane West Construction Construction of 1.4km pavement and sealing of Dead Horse Lane West, Mansfield from Midland Link to Withers Lane as part of the Mansfield Heavy Vehicle Bypass. Proposed works include road widening, drainage installation (culverts), full depth pavement construction suitable for heavy vehicles, sealing including shoulders, intersection works to allow B-double turning movements. The project will allow heavy vehicles to safely utilise the road and avoid the Mansfield CBD. “These projects funded by the Andrews Labor Government and Council were identified by Mansfield Shire Council will improve safety on local roads,” Ms Symes said. “We know how important road safety is to country Victorians and that is why Labor is investing in local projects identified by the Council to make our roads safer.” These initiatives follow the biggest road maintenance blitz regional Victoria has ever seen, with $333 million invested this year to repair, rebuild and resurface 1,500 kilometres of country roads – creating more than 650 construction jobs in country Victoria. The Labor Government has more than doubled road maintenance spending since coming to office.

$1.5M IN ROADWORKS TO GET UNDER WAY IN MANSFIELD

Mansfield Shire Council roads are set for upgrades thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today joined Labor candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan in Mansfield to announce $1million in Andrews Government funding would allow council to start works. Council will contribute $500,000 The projects announced today include: Lakins Road Bridge Replacement - Replacement of a single lane 3t load limited timber and steel bridge with a major culvert structure. New structure to be capable of supporting truck and heavy machinery, have safety barriers and be on an improved alignment.  Bridge is located at Black Creek, Lakins Road, Mansfield. Dead Horse Lane West Construction Construction of 1.4km pavement and sealing of Dead Horse Lane West, Mansfield from Midland Link to Withers Lane as part of the Mansfield Heavy Vehicle Bypass. Proposed works include road widening, drainage installation (culverts), full depth pavement construction suitable for heavy vehicles, sealing including shoulders, intersection works to allow B-double turning movements. The project will allow heavy vehicles to safely utilise the road and avoid the Mansfield CBD. “These projects funded by the Andrews Labor Government and Council were identified by Mansfield Shire Council will improve safety on local roads,” Ms Symes said. “We know how important road safety is to country Victorians and that is why Labor is investing in local projects identified by the Council to make our roads safer.” These initiatives follow the biggest road maintenance blitz regional Victoria has ever seen, with $333 million invested this year to repair, rebuild and resurface 1,500 kilometres of country roads – creating more than 650 construction jobs in country Victoria. The Labor Government has more than doubled road maintenance spending since coming to office.

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