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More Support For Fire-Affected Businesses And Communities

The Andrews Labor Government is backing bushfire affected communities, with new funding for projects across East Gippsland and North East Victoria that will attract visitors and support local jobs. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville at Buchan Caves today to announce $2 million to rebuild the campground, develop a new masterplan and progress the first stage of works – including a new camp kitchen and other upgrades. The funding is part of $8.5 million being released today from a new Bushfire Tourism and Business Fund, which will support a range of projects in fire-affected areas across East Gippsland and North East Victoria. The $10 million fund is expected to create more than 260 jobs and could unlock over $120 million in private investment. Other projects supported by the funding released today include: $2.6 million for Wodonga Logistics Precinct Gas Gate to expand supply and create jobs $1.9 million in additional funding for the Ride High Country Private Sector Activation Initiative to expand bike tourism in north east Victoria $500,000 for Rural Skills Connect co-ordinators to provide employment and training support for bushfire-affected farmers, their families and their workers $500,000 to improve visitor facilities in the Alpine region through the Dinner Plain Activation Project $500,000 for the redevelopment of Colac Colac Caravan Park to support the growth of the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival $300,000 towards a new sprinkler system at the abalone fisherman’s cooperative in Mallacoota $250,000 towards a new masterplan for Paynesville Foreshore and Boardwalk Today’s investment means the Government has now provided more than $270 million to help bushfire-affected communities recover and rebuild. Further investment from the fund will be announced in due course. For more information about bushfire response and recovery, visit vic.gov.au/bushfire-recovery-victoria. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “These projects will drive visitors to East Gippsland and North East Victoria – boosting business and supporting jobs.” “We’re providing the practical, on-the-ground support bushfire-affected communities need to recover and rebuild.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “These projects are the next step in helping locals, businesses and communities get back on their feet.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Buchan Caves is a wonderful family holiday spot that has been devastated by the fires – this money will rebuild it and help make it even better for future generations of campers visiting beautiful East Gippsland.” Quote attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville “We’re standing with fire-affected communities every step of the way – from fighting the fires in summer to helping them rebuild their homes, their businesses and their lives well after the flames have passed.”  Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Now more than ever – a short stay goes a long way, so I encourage people get out and visit these communities.”

More Support For Fire-Affected Businesses And Communities

The Andrews Labor Government is backing bushfire affected communities, with new funding for projects across East Gippsland and North East Victoria that will attract visitors and support local jobs. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville at Buchan Caves today to announce $2 million to rebuild the campground, develop a new masterplan and progress the first stage of works – including a new camp kitchen and other upgrades. The funding is part of $8.5 million being released today from a new Bushfire Tourism and Business Fund, which will support a range of projects in fire-affected areas across East Gippsland and North East Victoria. The $10 million fund is expected to create more than 260 jobs and could unlock over $120 million in private investment. Other projects supported by the funding released today include: $2.6 million for Wodonga Logistics Precinct Gas Gate to expand supply and create jobs $1.9 million in additional funding for the Ride High Country Private Sector Activation Initiative to expand bike tourism in north east Victoria $500,000 for Rural Skills Connect co-ordinators to provide employment and training support for bushfire-affected farmers, their families and their workers $500,000 to improve visitor facilities in the Alpine region through the Dinner Plain Activation Project $500,000 for the redevelopment of Colac Colac Caravan Park to support the growth of the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival $300,000 towards a new sprinkler system at the abalone fisherman’s cooperative in Mallacoota $250,000 towards a new masterplan for Paynesville Foreshore and Boardwalk Today’s investment means the Government has now provided more than $270 million to help bushfire-affected communities recover and rebuild. Further investment from the fund will be announced in due course. For more information about bushfire response and recovery, visit vic.gov.au/bushfire-recovery-victoria. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “These projects will drive visitors to East Gippsland and North East Victoria – boosting business and supporting jobs.” “We’re providing the practical, on-the-ground support bushfire-affected communities need to recover and rebuild.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “These projects are the next step in helping locals, businesses and communities get back on their feet.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Buchan Caves is a wonderful family holiday spot that has been devastated by the fires – this money will rebuild it and help make it even better for future generations of campers visiting beautiful East Gippsland.” Quote attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville “We’re standing with fire-affected communities every step of the way – from fighting the fires in summer to helping them rebuild their homes, their businesses and their lives well after the flames have passed.”  Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Now more than ever – a short stay goes a long way, so I encourage people get out and visit these communities.”

MOUNT BULLER ROAD UPGRADE GETS UNDERWAY

Travellers to the ski fields at Mount Buller and Mount Stirling will have a safer, smoother journey with vital maintenance works kicking off thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said works would begin soon to rebuild just over a one kilometre stretch of Mount Buller Road as part of a $425 million regional roads maintenance blitz. The key arterial is one of the main regional connections to fishing, hiking, camping and cycling opportunities in Victoria’s High Country. Drainage improvements and pavement strengthening works will be undertaken to improve safety and rideability on a badly worn section of Mount Buller Road in between Ingomar and Pollards roads. During the 2019/20 maintenance season, crews are rebuilding, repairing and resurfacing around 1500 kilometres of the regional road network throughout Victoria – supporting around 1100 construction jobs in regional Victoria. On top of RRV’s road maintenance program, regional councils are delivering 133 improvement projects on their municipal roads across the state thanks to round two of the Victorian Government’s $100 million Fixing Country Roads program – including rebuilding sections of local roads, sealing gravel roads, and strengthening bridges. To learn more about road improvement works taking place in your area, head to regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes  “With these vital maintenance works, we’re making sure people heading to Mount Buller and Mount Stirling will have a smoother, safer journey.” “Our regional roads investment is improving our road network and boosting reliability for people driving through Victoria’s High Country and beyond.” 

MOUNT BULLER ROAD UPGRADE GETS UNDERWAY

Travellers to the ski fields at Mount Buller and Mount Stirling will have a safer, smoother journey with vital maintenance works kicking off thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said works would begin soon to rebuild just over a one kilometre stretch of Mount Buller Road as part of a $425 million regional roads maintenance blitz. The key arterial is one of the main regional connections to fishing, hiking, camping and cycling opportunities in Victoria’s High Country. Drainage improvements and pavement strengthening works will be undertaken to improve safety and rideability on a badly worn section of Mount Buller Road in between Ingomar and Pollards roads. During the 2019/20 maintenance season, crews are rebuilding, repairing and resurfacing around 1500 kilometres of the regional road network throughout Victoria – supporting around 1100 construction jobs in regional Victoria. On top of RRV’s road maintenance program, regional councils are delivering 133 improvement projects on their municipal roads across the state thanks to round two of the Victorian Government’s $100 million Fixing Country Roads program – including rebuilding sections of local roads, sealing gravel roads, and strengthening bridges. To learn more about road improvement works taking place in your area, head to regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes  “With these vital maintenance works, we’re making sure people heading to Mount Buller and Mount Stirling will have a smoother, safer journey.” “Our regional roads investment is improving our road network and boosting reliability for people driving through Victoria’s High Country and beyond.” 

Nurturing Victoria’s Native Food Industry

The Andrews Labor Government will partner with the Federation of Victoria Traditional Owner Corporations to support the development of a native food and botanicals industry in Victoria and support local jobs. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the Djakitjuk Djanga program, which will offer Aboriginal Victorian-owned businesses and organisations grants of up to $200,000 to help establish or expand commercial native plant production. Djakitjuk Djanga is a Dja Dja Wurrung term that means “Country’s food.” The program will help Victoria to capitalise on the strong interest in the use of Australian native plants like wattles, native greens, fruits and herbs in cooking, as well as the use of botanicals for cosmetics and personal care products. However, with only a small number of Australia’s edible and botanical plants in commercial production, the industry remains in its early stages. Funding under the Djakitjuk Djanga program can be used to hire staff, build technical expertise, or invest in stock, seeds and equipment. The program will also promote the industry, support future research and help people involved in Native food production share their ideas with people interested in getting involved. The program guidelines are now available, with applications open from Wednesday 4 March. For more information, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “First Peoples’ agriculture and native food practices have survived for thousands of years – by backing this industry, we’re supporting self-determination and learning valuable agricultural information.” “We’re proud to support our diverse agriculture sectors to grow and thrive– the Djakitjuk Djanga program will capitalise on the strong interest in native foods and explore exciting and unique Australian flavours and products. Quotes attributable to the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations chair Jason Mifsud “The federation is delighted to partner with the Victorian Government.” “This represents a significant step towards creating an industry that is shaped by and reflects the aspirations of Victoria’s First Peoples, whose generations-long knowledge and practices are fundamental to the industry.”

Nurturing Victoria’s Native Food Industry

The Andrews Labor Government will partner with the Federation of Victoria Traditional Owner Corporations to support the development of a native food and botanicals industry in Victoria and support local jobs. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the Djakitjuk Djanga program, which will offer Aboriginal Victorian-owned businesses and organisations grants of up to $200,000 to help establish or expand commercial native plant production. Djakitjuk Djanga is a Dja Dja Wurrung term that means “Country’s food.” The program will help Victoria to capitalise on the strong interest in the use of Australian native plants like wattles, native greens, fruits and herbs in cooking, as well as the use of botanicals for cosmetics and personal care products. However, with only a small number of Australia’s edible and botanical plants in commercial production, the industry remains in its early stages. Funding under the Djakitjuk Djanga program can be used to hire staff, build technical expertise, or invest in stock, seeds and equipment. The program will also promote the industry, support future research and help people involved in Native food production share their ideas with people interested in getting involved. The program guidelines are now available, with applications open from Wednesday 4 March. For more information, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “First Peoples’ agriculture and native food practices have survived for thousands of years – by backing this industry, we’re supporting self-determination and learning valuable agricultural information.” “We’re proud to support our diverse agriculture sectors to grow and thrive– the Djakitjuk Djanga program will capitalise on the strong interest in native foods and explore exciting and unique Australian flavours and products. Quotes attributable to the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations chair Jason Mifsud “The federation is delighted to partner with the Victorian Government.” “This represents a significant step towards creating an industry that is shaped by and reflects the aspirations of Victoria’s First Peoples, whose generations-long knowledge and practices are fundamental to the industry.”

GOFISH NAGAMBIE 2020 READY TO LURE IN THE CROWDS

Australia’s biggest freshwater fishing festival is set to reel in a new catch of visitors and boost businesses in the Goulburn Valley once again when GoFish Nagambie returns from 2 – 5 April 2020. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today launched the 2020 GoFish event in Nagambie, which is expected to draw thousands of anglers, fishing enthusiasts and visitors to the surrounding region. Last year’s inaugural event saw more than 7,000 visitors converge on Nagambie to enjoy four days of fishing, entertainment and community events injecting $5.6 million into the Goulburn Valley economy. The festival also attracted more than 2,000 freshwater anglers to the Goulburn River from across the country to complete for $500,000 in prizes. Throughout the four-day event, the Festival Hub will host an outdoor lifestyle expo featuring a regional boat show, camping, caravan, fishing and 4x4 displays as well as showcase the best of local food and wine producers. The Lure Village will also showcase the intricate work and designs of Australian lure makers who will be selling and presenting their collections direct to the public. The Festival adds to Victoria’s year-round calendar of popular fishing events including Hooked on Lakes Entrance and Hooked on Portland. These events are supported through the Andrews Labor Government’s $80 million Target One Million plan for recreational fishing which aims to get one million anglers fishing across Victoria by 2020. GoFish Nagambie was secured for the region through the Labor Government’s $20 million Regional Events Fund which already supported over 200 events, creating jobs and boosting local economies. The Government is supporting local communities and regional tourism operators through initiatives that are driving visitation to regional centres including Visit Victoria’s new campaign – “a short stay goes a long way” which is encouraging locals to travel to regional Victoria. GoFish runs from Thursday 2 April – Sunday 5 April 2020, For more information visit gofishnagambie.com.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Events like GoFish Nagambie are an important opportunity to bring new people to regional Victoria and for repeat visitors to discover something new.” “Victorians love their fishing and there’s no better reason than GoFish Nagambie to get out on the water or experience the very best that the Goulburn Valley region has to offer.”  

GOFISH NAGAMBIE 2020 READY TO LURE IN THE CROWDS

Australia’s biggest freshwater fishing festival is set to reel in a new catch of visitors and boost businesses in the Goulburn Valley once again when GoFish Nagambie returns from 2 – 5 April 2020. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today launched the 2020 GoFish event in Nagambie, which is expected to draw thousands of anglers, fishing enthusiasts and visitors to the surrounding region. Last year’s inaugural event saw more than 7,000 visitors converge on Nagambie to enjoy four days of fishing, entertainment and community events injecting $5.6 million into the Goulburn Valley economy. The festival also attracted more than 2,000 freshwater anglers to the Goulburn River from across the country to complete for $500,000 in prizes. Throughout the four-day event, the Festival Hub will host an outdoor lifestyle expo featuring a regional boat show, camping, caravan, fishing and 4x4 displays as well as showcase the best of local food and wine producers. The Lure Village will also showcase the intricate work and designs of Australian lure makers who will be selling and presenting their collections direct to the public. The Festival adds to Victoria’s year-round calendar of popular fishing events including Hooked on Lakes Entrance and Hooked on Portland. These events are supported through the Andrews Labor Government’s $80 million Target One Million plan for recreational fishing which aims to get one million anglers fishing across Victoria by 2020. GoFish Nagambie was secured for the region through the Labor Government’s $20 million Regional Events Fund which already supported over 200 events, creating jobs and boosting local economies. The Government is supporting local communities and regional tourism operators through initiatives that are driving visitation to regional centres including Visit Victoria’s new campaign – “a short stay goes a long way” which is encouraging locals to travel to regional Victoria. GoFish runs from Thursday 2 April – Sunday 5 April 2020, For more information visit gofishnagambie.com.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Events like GoFish Nagambie are an important opportunity to bring new people to regional Victoria and for repeat visitors to discover something new.” “Victorians love their fishing and there’s no better reason than GoFish Nagambie to get out on the water or experience the very best that the Goulburn Valley region has to offer.”  

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