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FREE L’S AND P’S DELIVER BIG SAVINGS FOR NEW DRIVERS IN NORTHERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is slashing costs for new drivers and their families across the north-east with the abolition of learner and probationary license fees, as well as online testing fees. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said from Monday, 15 August, aspiring L-platers will save up to $51.40 in license and online testing fees. While learner drivers going for their P-plates will save up to $133.30 in licence and online hazard perception testing fees. Over 138,000 Victorians who get their L’s each year and 121,000 who get their P’s will have more money in their pockets thanks to these changes. Victoria’s new online learner permit and hazard perception tests will also be free from Monday. These tests were made available online last year to provide more options and greater flexibility for aspiring drivers looking to achieve their licence goals anywhere, anytime, with more than 90 per cent of customers now choosing this new option. Car, motorcycle, and heavy vehicle licence holders of all ages across Northern Victoria will also benefit from reintroduction of the Safe Driver Discount, which was abolished by the former Liberal National Government in 2013. Drivers who have not incurred demerit points or committed road safety offences in the previous three years will receive a 25 per cent discount off their next licence renewal, meaning a saving of up to $73 on a new ten-year driver’s license. The Safe Driver Discount will recommence for driver licence renewals generated after 1 October 2022. These changes build on other initiatives from the Labor Government to reduce costs for motorists and promote road safety. Since 2016, the Free Licence Scheme has provided free licences to young drivers under the age of 21 who complete both their red and green probationary periods with no traffic offences or demerit points. Young Victorians have saved up to $85.50 on their first full licence through this scheme. For more information about licence and registration services in Victoria or to access the online learner permit and hazard perception tests, head to vicroads.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re rewarding young Victorian motorists for their safe driving habits and offering financial support when it comes to getting their licence – this program will keep people on the move and get them where they need to go.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll “Getting your L’s and P’s is one of life’s most significant milestones – and we are delivering them for free.” “This puts money back into the pockets of Victorian families and makes it easier to unlock all the opportunities that come with a driver license.”  

FREE L’S AND P’S DELIVER BIG SAVINGS FOR NEW DRIVERS IN NORTHERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is slashing costs for new drivers and their families across the north-east with the abolition of learner and probationary license fees, as well as online testing fees. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said from Monday, 15 August, aspiring L-platers will save up to $51.40 in license and online testing fees. While learner drivers going for their P-plates will save up to $133.30 in licence and online hazard perception testing fees. Over 138,000 Victorians who get their L’s each year and 121,000 who get their P’s will have more money in their pockets thanks to these changes. Victoria’s new online learner permit and hazard perception tests will also be free from Monday. These tests were made available online last year to provide more options and greater flexibility for aspiring drivers looking to achieve their licence goals anywhere, anytime, with more than 90 per cent of customers now choosing this new option. Car, motorcycle, and heavy vehicle licence holders of all ages across Northern Victoria will also benefit from reintroduction of the Safe Driver Discount, which was abolished by the former Liberal National Government in 2013. Drivers who have not incurred demerit points or committed road safety offences in the previous three years will receive a 25 per cent discount off their next licence renewal, meaning a saving of up to $73 on a new ten-year driver’s license. The Safe Driver Discount will recommence for driver licence renewals generated after 1 October 2022. These changes build on other initiatives from the Labor Government to reduce costs for motorists and promote road safety. Since 2016, the Free Licence Scheme has provided free licences to young drivers under the age of 21 who complete both their red and green probationary periods with no traffic offences or demerit points. Young Victorians have saved up to $85.50 on their first full licence through this scheme. For more information about licence and registration services in Victoria or to access the online learner permit and hazard perception tests, head to vicroads.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re rewarding young Victorian motorists for their safe driving habits and offering financial support when it comes to getting their licence – this program will keep people on the move and get them where they need to go.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll “Getting your L’s and P’s is one of life’s most significant milestones – and we are delivering them for free.” “This puts money back into the pockets of Victorian families and makes it easier to unlock all the opportunities that come with a driver license.”  

LIGHTING THE LAKE FOR COMMUNITY SAFETY IN BENALLA

Further safety improvements are on the way for Benalla residents with the Andrews Labor Government funding a major lighting upgrade at key spots across the community to deter crime and increase public safety. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that 28 new lights will be installed along key footpaths and tracks that link the Botanic Gardens, Lake Benalla, the library, the skatepark and CBD. The ‘Lighting the Lake’ project will encourage shared use of the space, with the Benalla Rural City Council to consult locals to help drive community-led responses such as public art, BBQ and tables and other ideas to help activate the space. The upgrade includes the installation of seven LED colour-changing flood lights surrounding the library and will be completed by July next year. This will allow the council to light the library in a variety of colours for events and to raise awareness of various causes. The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $286,000 in the project as part of its crime prevention Creating Safer Places Fund to reduce vandalism and antisocial behaviour. Part of the Building Safer Communities program, the Creating Safe Places fund offers Victorian councils grants of between $25,000 and $300,000 over two years to undertake urban and environmental design projects that aim to deter crime and increase public safety. The program is a cornerstone of the Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which sets out a long-term approach to addressing the root causes of crime and building safer communities across Victoria – with more than $19.4 million provided to the program since 2021. Including recent investment through the Victorian Budget 2022-23, more than $90 million has been invested in crime prevention since 2015 – supporting more than 910 projects across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Anthony Carbines “We’re creating a better and safer connection between key public places in Benalla through this community driven project.” “The Creating Safer Places fund ensures that local residents can feel safe and protected within their community and helps boost the number of visitors using public places.” Quotes attributable to Attorney-General and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Botanic Gardens are a popular route from Benalla West to the CBD for students at the secondary school, as well as for walkers and joggers.” “The project will ensure that all members of the community can feel safe to move across the town at night, and make better use of our fantastic public spaces.” 

LIGHTING THE LAKE FOR COMMUNITY SAFETY IN BENALLA

Further safety improvements are on the way for Benalla residents with the Andrews Labor Government funding a major lighting upgrade at key spots across the community to deter crime and increase public safety. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that 28 new lights will be installed along key footpaths and tracks that link the Botanic Gardens, Lake Benalla, the library, the skatepark and CBD. The ‘Lighting the Lake’ project will encourage shared use of the space, with the Benalla Rural City Council to consult locals to help drive community-led responses such as public art, BBQ and tables and other ideas to help activate the space. The upgrade includes the installation of seven LED colour-changing flood lights surrounding the library and will be completed by July next year. This will allow the council to light the library in a variety of colours for events and to raise awareness of various causes. The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $286,000 in the project as part of its crime prevention Creating Safer Places Fund to reduce vandalism and antisocial behaviour. Part of the Building Safer Communities program, the Creating Safe Places fund offers Victorian councils grants of between $25,000 and $300,000 over two years to undertake urban and environmental design projects that aim to deter crime and increase public safety. The program is a cornerstone of the Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which sets out a long-term approach to addressing the root causes of crime and building safer communities across Victoria – with more than $19.4 million provided to the program since 2021. Including recent investment through the Victorian Budget 2022-23, more than $90 million has been invested in crime prevention since 2015 – supporting more than 910 projects across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Anthony Carbines “We’re creating a better and safer connection between key public places in Benalla through this community driven project.” “The Creating Safer Places fund ensures that local residents can feel safe and protected within their community and helps boost the number of visitors using public places.” Quotes attributable to Attorney-General and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Botanic Gardens are a popular route from Benalla West to the CBD for students at the secondary school, as well as for walkers and joggers.” “The project will ensure that all members of the community can feel safe to move across the town at night, and make better use of our fantastic public spaces.” 

BRAND-NEW POLICE STATION TO IMPROVE IN BENALLA

The Andrews Labor Government is improving community safety in Benalla and providing police with the modern facilities they deserve with the designs for the brand-new fit-for-purpose police station released today. The $28.8 million police station will be constructed on the existing land, which also houses the Benalla Magistrates Court with a link to the adjoining Court Services Victoria building. To further support victims of crime, there will be better separation of witnesses and victims from offenders including more private spaces, secure rooms for interviewing people, a safe space for people in custody to have visitors and improved management of seized property and evidence at the station. The 24-hour Benalla Police Station will support a variety of specialist units including the Criminal Investigation Unit, Water Police, Family Violence Unit, Highway Patrol, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team, Crime Prevention/Neighbourhood Watch Officer and a Youth Resources Officer. Planning and further designs are underway, with a construction tender to be released in October 2022. Construction is due to start later this year and the station is expected to be operational by early 2024. The services provided by Benalla Police will not be impacted throughout the build. The Labor Government’s record investment of $4.5 billion in our police force is delivering 3,637 new sworn police officers, as well as state-of the-art intelligence systems, new technology and new and upgraded police stations. In addition, the Victorian Budget 2022-23 will see an additional 502 police officers and 50 Protective Service Officers hit the front-line over the next two years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Anthony Carbines “It’s great to see planning progress for the new Benalla Police Station – improving community safety and further supporting victims of crime.” “The Benalla Police Station provides a range of services for the local community and it’s critical that we provide our dedicated police officers with the infrastructure and resources they need to do their role properly.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The current Benalla Police Station is old, run-down and certainly not fit to service the growing community. This new station will give police the headquarters they deserve, be more supportive for victims of crime and be more secure for housing offenders.” “These new designs are an exciting step towards building the new police station that Benalla locals deserve.”

BRAND-NEW POLICE STATION TO IMPROVE IN BENALLA

The Andrews Labor Government is improving community safety in Benalla and providing police with the modern facilities they deserve with the designs for the brand-new fit-for-purpose police station released today. The $28.8 million police station will be constructed on the existing land, which also houses the Benalla Magistrates Court with a link to the adjoining Court Services Victoria building. To further support victims of crime, there will be better separation of witnesses and victims from offenders including more private spaces, secure rooms for interviewing people, a safe space for people in custody to have visitors and improved management of seized property and evidence at the station. The 24-hour Benalla Police Station will support a variety of specialist units including the Criminal Investigation Unit, Water Police, Family Violence Unit, Highway Patrol, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team, Crime Prevention/Neighbourhood Watch Officer and a Youth Resources Officer. Planning and further designs are underway, with a construction tender to be released in October 2022. Construction is due to start later this year and the station is expected to be operational by early 2024. The services provided by Benalla Police will not be impacted throughout the build. The Labor Government’s record investment of $4.5 billion in our police force is delivering 3,637 new sworn police officers, as well as state-of the-art intelligence systems, new technology and new and upgraded police stations. In addition, the Victorian Budget 2022-23 will see an additional 502 police officers and 50 Protective Service Officers hit the front-line over the next two years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Anthony Carbines “It’s great to see planning progress for the new Benalla Police Station – improving community safety and further supporting victims of crime.” “The Benalla Police Station provides a range of services for the local community and it’s critical that we provide our dedicated police officers with the infrastructure and resources they need to do their role properly.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The current Benalla Police Station is old, run-down and certainly not fit to service the growing community. This new station will give police the headquarters they deserve, be more supportive for victims of crime and be more secure for housing offenders.” “These new designs are an exciting step towards building the new police station that Benalla locals deserve.”

BROADFORD’S HISTORY COMES ALIVE THROUGH COMMUNITY GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting community and history organisations to capture Broadford’s diverse history, making it available for more people to discover and enjoy. The latest round of the Local History Grants saw 40 projects share in $350,000 as part of the program run by Public Record Office Victoria to support community and history organisations to preserve, record and share Victoria’s local history. One of this year’s successful grant recipients include The Broadford and District Historical Society, who have been awarded $14,000 for the digitisation of the Broadford Courier 1951-1965. Other successful projects across the state will help Victoria’s history reach everyone in the community through interactive online exhibitions, podcasts, e-books, history apps and oral histories. The Local History Grants program is supported by the Andrews Labor Government through the Community Support Fund. The full list of recipients is available at prov.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes “The Broadford and District Historical Society is a great local asset to our community. Passionate volunteers play a vital role in preserving our local history and we’re proud to back groups like the Broadford and District Historical Society in continuing this important work.” Quote attributable to Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson “Our history shows where we’ve come from and helps us see where we are going, which is why we are so proud to support these innovative projects capturing our past for future generations.” Quote attributable to Public Record Office Victoria Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood “Public Record Office Victoria is delighted to support these projects and the fantastic work of local historians through our Local History Grants.”

BROADFORD’S HISTORY COMES ALIVE THROUGH COMMUNITY GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting community and history organisations to capture Broadford’s diverse history, making it available for more people to discover and enjoy. The latest round of the Local History Grants saw 40 projects share in $350,000 as part of the program run by Public Record Office Victoria to support community and history organisations to preserve, record and share Victoria’s local history. One of this year’s successful grant recipients include The Broadford and District Historical Society, who have been awarded $14,000 for the digitisation of the Broadford Courier 1951-1965. Other successful projects across the state will help Victoria’s history reach everyone in the community through interactive online exhibitions, podcasts, e-books, history apps and oral histories. The Local History Grants program is supported by the Andrews Labor Government through the Community Support Fund. The full list of recipients is available at prov.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes “The Broadford and District Historical Society is a great local asset to our community. Passionate volunteers play a vital role in preserving our local history and we’re proud to back groups like the Broadford and District Historical Society in continuing this important work.” Quote attributable to Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson “Our history shows where we’ve come from and helps us see where we are going, which is why we are so proud to support these innovative projects capturing our past for future generations.” Quote attributable to Public Record Office Victoria Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood “Public Record Office Victoria is delighted to support these projects and the fantastic work of local historians through our Local History Grants.”

 

CHILTERN’S HISTORY COMES ALIVE THROUGH COMMUNITY GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting community and history organisations to capture Chiltern’s diverse history, making it available for more people to discover and enjoy. The latest round of the Local History Grants saw 40 projects share in $350,000 as part of the program run by Public Record Office Victoria to support community and history organisations to preserve, record and share Victoria’s local history. One of Northern Victoria’s successful grant recipients include Chiltern Athenaeum Museum Incorporated, who received $4,000 for interpretive signage depicting the history of the Chiltern Swimming Pool. Other successful projects across the state will help Victoria’s history reach everyone in the community through interactive online exhibitions, podcasts, e-books, history apps and oral histories. The Local History Grants program is supported by the Andrews Labor Government through the Community Support Fund. The full list of recipients is available at prov.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes “Passionate volunteers play a vital role in preserving our local history and we’re proud to back groups like the Chiltern Athenaeum Museum Incorporated in continuing this important work.” Quote attributable to Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson “Our history shows where we’ve come from and helps us see where we are going, which is why we are so proud to support these innovative projects capturing our past for future generations.” Quote attributable to Public Record Office Victoria Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood “Public Record Office Victoria is delighted to support these projects and the fantastic work of local historians through our Local History Grants.”

CHILTERN’S HISTORY COMES ALIVE THROUGH COMMUNITY GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting community and history organisations to capture Chiltern’s diverse history, making it available for more people to discover and enjoy. The latest round of the Local History Grants saw 40 projects share in $350,000 as part of the program run by Public Record Office Victoria to support community and history organisations to preserve, record and share Victoria’s local history. One of Northern Victoria’s successful grant recipients include Chiltern Athenaeum Museum Incorporated, who received $4,000 for interpretive signage depicting the history of the Chiltern Swimming Pool. Other successful projects across the state will help Victoria’s history reach everyone in the community through interactive online exhibitions, podcasts, e-books, history apps and oral histories. The Local History Grants program is supported by the Andrews Labor Government through the Community Support Fund. The full list of recipients is available at prov.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes “Passionate volunteers play a vital role in preserving our local history and we’re proud to back groups like the Chiltern Athenaeum Museum Incorporated in continuing this important work.” Quote attributable to Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson “Our history shows where we’ve come from and helps us see where we are going, which is why we are so proud to support these innovative projects capturing our past for future generations.” Quote attributable to Public Record Office Victoria Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood “Public Record Office Victoria is delighted to support these projects and the fantastic work of local historians through our Local History Grants.”

EUROA ENVIRONMENT GROUP (EUROA ENERGY) & EUROA ARBORETUM RECOGNISED FOR SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating Victorians’ outstanding achievements in sustainability, announcing the finalists for the twentieth Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes congratulated Euroa Environment Group (Euroa Energy) and Euroa Arboretum for being named as one of the 41 finalists, spanning businesses, industry, community groups, universities, schools and government organisations. Celebrating 20 years in 2022, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards shine a spotlight on our sustainability leaders and changemakers. Euroa Environment Group (Euroa Energy) have been announced as a finalist in the Future energy  – Community Champion category for their project, ”Solar Pergola”. Their “Solar Pergola”, a 13.2kWh solar system featuring 36 panels, that now delivers clean energy to six local businesses. Euroa Arboretum have been announced as a finalist in the Thriving environment – Community Champion category for their project, ”The Euroa Arboretum Restoration”. A team of volunteers has transformed the Arboretum from a degraded paddock to a grassy woodland. Some of the other innovative finalists this year include a project that uses fungi to transform organic waste, a mobile e-waste recycling factory, and a local school planting 2500 trees on their grounds. Finalists have been selected across six categories which include Future Energy, Thriving Environment, Sustainable Places and Destinations, Circular Economy Innovation, Healthy and fair society and Waste and litter reduction. A Community Champion and Industry Leader will be crowned in each award category, with winners announced at a prestigious event in September. Two overall winners will be chosen from this year’s finalists to receive the Premier’s Recognition Award and Premier’s Regional Recognition Award, which acknowledge entries that showcase exemplary innovation in sustainability and demonstrate notable benefits for metropolitan and regional Victoria. This year’s awards are presented in collaboration with Banksia Foundation and Keep Australia Beautiful (Vic). For profiles of this year’s finalists and more information on the Awards, visit sustainability.vic.gov.au/psa Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes: “I am thrilled that ‘Euroa Environment Group’ and ’Euroa Arboretum’ have been named as finalists in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their inspiring projects. “They should be immensely proud of this achievement and their inspiring work, which is helping to create a more sustainable future for all Victorians.” Quote attributable to Minister for Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio “I congratulate all the finalists who are working towards a more sustainable Victoria – you are demonstrating the vision and innovation that makes our state the nation-leader in cutting waste and driving down emissions.” 

EUROA ENVIRONMENT GROUP (EUROA ENERGY) & EUROA ARBORETUM RECOGNISED FOR SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating Victorians’ outstanding achievements in sustainability, announcing the finalists for the twentieth Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes congratulated Euroa Environment Group (Euroa Energy) and Euroa Arboretum for being named as one of the 41 finalists, spanning businesses, industry, community groups, universities, schools and government organisations. Celebrating 20 years in 2022, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards shine a spotlight on our sustainability leaders and changemakers. Euroa Environment Group (Euroa Energy) have been announced as a finalist in the Future energy  – Community Champion category for their project, ”Solar Pergola”. Their “Solar Pergola”, a 13.2kWh solar system featuring 36 panels, that now delivers clean energy to six local businesses. Euroa Arboretum have been announced as a finalist in the Thriving environment – Community Champion category for their project, ”The Euroa Arboretum Restoration”. A team of volunteers has transformed the Arboretum from a degraded paddock to a grassy woodland. Some of the other innovative finalists this year include a project that uses fungi to transform organic waste, a mobile e-waste recycling factory, and a local school planting 2500 trees on their grounds. Finalists have been selected across six categories which include Future Energy, Thriving Environment, Sustainable Places and Destinations, Circular Economy Innovation, Healthy and fair society and Waste and litter reduction. A Community Champion and Industry Leader will be crowned in each award category, with winners announced at a prestigious event in September. Two overall winners will be chosen from this year’s finalists to receive the Premier’s Recognition Award and Premier’s Regional Recognition Award, which acknowledge entries that showcase exemplary innovation in sustainability and demonstrate notable benefits for metropolitan and regional Victoria. This year’s awards are presented in collaboration with Banksia Foundation and Keep Australia Beautiful (Vic). For profiles of this year’s finalists and more information on the Awards, visit sustainability.vic.gov.au/psa Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes: “I am thrilled that ‘Euroa Environment Group’ and ’Euroa Arboretum’ have been named as finalists in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their inspiring projects. “They should be immensely proud of this achievement and their inspiring work, which is helping to create a more sustainable future for all Victorians.” Quote attributable to Minister for Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio “I congratulate all the finalists who are working towards a more sustainable Victoria – you are demonstrating the vision and innovation that makes our state the nation-leader in cutting waste and driving down emissions.” 

NEW FUNDING PROGRAM FOR NORTHERN VICTORIAN CREATIVES

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in the people and ideas at the heart of the state’s creative industries, with a new fund to help bring projects from Northern Victoria to life. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes invited independent creatives from across the region to apply for the new Creative Projects Fund, which will support them to develop, present or launch new creative content, products, and experiences. Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available to individual creatives, and creative collectives or micro-businesses at all stages of their careers. The Creative Projects Fund is open to a wide range of creative disciplines – from visual art, writing, theatre, designing, dancing, game development, music or crafts. Eligible projects could include presenting a performance or exhibition to new audiences, launching a new video game or fashion label to international markets, writing a manuscript, developing virtual reality experiences or new creative products, and much more. Designed to ensure what is seen on Victoria’s stages, screens and gallery walls reflects the diversity of the community, the fund includes dedicated streams for First Peoples and Deaf and Disabled creatives. Applications are also encouraged from culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ+ and regionally based creatives. The Creative Projects Fund is part of Labor Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy. It replaces the previous VicArts grants program, extending opportunities to those working in all parts of the state’s creative industries, and offering a more streamlined, flexible and responsive application process. Applications for the Creative Projects Fund close at 3pm on Thursday, 11 August. The Deaf and Disabled stream will remain open until 3pm on 18 August. For more information or to apply, visit creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes “Independent creatives and small collectives drive our creative industries across the north east. We’re proud to support our local creatives to do what they do best and take their work to the next level.” “If you are a professional artist or creative and have a project to bring to life, the Creative Projects Fund is here to back you.”

NEW FUNDING PROGRAM FOR NORTHERN VICTORIAN CREATIVES

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in the people and ideas at the heart of the state’s creative industries, with a new fund to help bring projects from Northern Victoria to life. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes invited independent creatives from across the region to apply for the new Creative Projects Fund, which will support them to develop, present or launch new creative content, products, and experiences. Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available to individual creatives, and creative collectives or micro-businesses at all stages of their careers. The Creative Projects Fund is open to a wide range of creative disciplines – from visual art, writing, theatre, designing, dancing, game development, music or crafts. Eligible projects could include presenting a performance or exhibition to new audiences, launching a new video game or fashion label to international markets, writing a manuscript, developing virtual reality experiences or new creative products, and much more. Designed to ensure what is seen on Victoria’s stages, screens and gallery walls reflects the diversity of the community, the fund includes dedicated streams for First Peoples and Deaf and Disabled creatives. Applications are also encouraged from culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ+ and regionally based creatives. The Creative Projects Fund is part of Labor Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy. It replaces the previous VicArts grants program, extending opportunities to those working in all parts of the state’s creative industries, and offering a more streamlined, flexible and responsive application process. Applications for the Creative Projects Fund close at 3pm on Thursday, 11 August. The Deaf and Disabled stream will remain open until 3pm on 18 August. For more information or to apply, visit creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes “Independent creatives and small collectives drive our creative industries across the north east. We’re proud to support our local creatives to do what they do best and take their work to the next level.” “If you are a professional artist or creative and have a project to bring to life, the Creative Projects Fund is here to back you.”

WORKS BEGIN ON NEW COBRAM SES HEADQUARTERS

Cobram’s emergency services volunteers are getting the dedicated headquarters they deserve – with a new Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) to be delivered with street frontage on Cobram-Koonoomoo Road. Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes visited the site of the new facility to mark the start of construction. The new facility will incorporate environmentally sustainable design principles with features such as four drive through motor bays, a training room, communications rooms and offices. This will support volunteers to train and prepare for emergencies and ensure the unit can expand their response capabilities. The new headquarters will enable the Cobram Unit to continue to respond to road and general rescues, flood and storm emergencies, and serve the local community through assistance to Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and fire services throughout the state. The VICSES Cobram Unit – which has 21 volunteers – currently shares accommodation with Tocumwal SES over the border in New South Wales. The new unit will be delivered by the Emergency Services Infrastructure Authority, part of the Community Safety Building Authority, as part of the VICSES High Priority Infrastructure Program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes ”Cobram SES have been incredble advocates for their own headquarters and I’m proud to be able to deliver the home they deserve to continue keeping their community safe in times of crisis.” ”These local headquarters will go a long way in keeping and attracting new volunteers in the area to pull on the orange and take on a really rewarding experience as part of the SES.”

WORKS BEGIN ON NEW COBRAM SES HEADQUARTERS

Cobram’s emergency services volunteers are getting the dedicated headquarters they deserve – with a new Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) to be delivered with street frontage on Cobram-Koonoomoo Road. Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes visited the site of the new facility to mark the start of construction. The new facility will incorporate environmentally sustainable design principles with features such as four drive through motor bays, a training room, communications rooms and offices. This will support volunteers to train and prepare for emergencies and ensure the unit can expand their response capabilities. The new headquarters will enable the Cobram Unit to continue to respond to road and general rescues, flood and storm emergencies, and serve the local community through assistance to Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and fire services throughout the state. The VICSES Cobram Unit – which has 21 volunteers – currently shares accommodation with Tocumwal SES over the border in New South Wales. The new unit will be delivered by the Emergency Services Infrastructure Authority, part of the Community Safety Building Authority, as part of the VICSES High Priority Infrastructure Program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes ”Cobram SES have been incredble advocates for their own headquarters and I’m proud to be able to deliver the home they deserve to continue keeping their community safe in times of crisis.” ”These local headquarters will go a long way in keeping and attracting new volunteers in the area to pull on the orange and take on a really rewarding experience as part of the SES.”