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21 Feb 2018 • Shepparton News, Shepparton VIC (General News) Benefits are there Wendy Lovell State Member for Northern Victoria I write regarding the article 'Political opportunity' (Shepparton News, February 16) and the ill-informed statements by State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed and State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes about the Victorian Coalition's plan to have a regional sitting of Parliament in Shepparton. Ms Sheed and Ms Symes are in their first term of parliament and neither has experienced a regional sitting to see first-hand the benefits it can provide to a regional city. Since 2001, the Parliament of Victoria has had nine regional sittings - Bendigo and Ballarat in 2001, Benalla in 2002, Geelong and Colac in 2005, Lakes Entrance and Churchill in 2008, and Bendigo and Ballarat in 2012. Regional sittings give those communities the opportunity to see Parliament at work firsthand and to lobby for their priorities. But Ms Sheed and Ms Symes think Shepparton should be denied the same opportunity. It is easy to see why Ms Symes disagrees with a Liberal policy, she is after all a Labor MP. Residents must be wondering why Ms Sheed would not want to give Shepparton the opportunity to showcase our city and its priorities for infrastructure, rail, health, education and other needs to members of Parliament. And why would she would want to deny schools, community groups and residents the opportunity to see Parliament at work without the expense of having to travel to Melbourne? Is it because Ms Sheed has crossed the line and, rather than being Shepparton's voice in Spring St, she has become the state government's mouth piece in Shepparton? Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Benefits are there

21 Feb 2018 • Shepparton News, Shepparton VIC (General News) Benefits are there Wendy Lovell State Member for Northern Victoria I write regarding the article 'Political opportunity' (Shepparton News, February 16) and the ill-informed statements by State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed and State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes about the Victorian Coalition's plan to have a regional sitting of Parliament in Shepparton. Ms Sheed and Ms Symes are in their first term of parliament and neither has experienced a regional sitting to see first-hand the benefits it can provide to a regional city. Since 2001, the Parliament of Victoria has had nine regional sittings - Bendigo and Ballarat in 2001, Benalla in 2002, Geelong and Colac in 2005, Lakes Entrance and Churchill in 2008, and Bendigo and Ballarat in 2012. Regional sittings give those communities the opportunity to see Parliament at work firsthand and to lobby for their priorities. But Ms Sheed and Ms Symes think Shepparton should be denied the same opportunity. It is easy to see why Ms Symes disagrees with a Liberal policy, she is after all a Labor MP. Residents must be wondering why Ms Sheed would not want to give Shepparton the opportunity to showcase our city and its priorities for infrastructure, rail, health, education and other needs to members of Parliament. And why would she would want to deny schools, community groups and residents the opportunity to see Parliament at work without the expense of having to travel to Melbourne? Is it because Ms Sheed has crossed the line and, rather than being Shepparton's voice in Spring St, she has become the state government's mouth piece in Shepparton? Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Kinder funding announced

21 Feb 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) The state government is helping Northern Victoria's kindergartens upgrade their buildings and playgrounds and buy equipment to provide a more inclusive environment for children with disabilities and additional needs. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has announced $6.4 million for the new Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program. Local governments, notfor-profit service providers and pre-schools in Northern Victoria are encouraged to apply for infrastructure upgrades - including playgrounds - of up to $200 000 or for grants up to $10 000 to buy inclusive education equipment, such as moveable wheelchairaccess ramps or adjustable tables and chairs. The funding is part of a $19 million suite of initiatives to make early childhood services more inclusive for children with disabilities and additional needs. Ms Symes has already secured and delivered significant funding for upgrades to kindergartens and preschools throughout Northern Victoria. "As a working mother who has relied on childcare I am absolutely passionate about the provision of quality childcare options in country Victoria," Ms Symes said. "We know that highquality early years education and care are vital to giving our children the best start in life, which is why Labor is investing in firstrate early learning facilities. "No child should be left behind - Labor is making kinders and playgrounds more accessible for kids of all abilities. "I encourage service providers, councils and schools in Northern Victoria to apply to upgrade their kinders." The state government is delivering $76.4 million to build, upgrade and improve kinders across Victoria to ensure local families continue to have access to firstrate local facilities. Families will also benefit from the government's $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget. The plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Applications for the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program can be made online at http:/ /www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/InclusiveKindergartens-FacilitiesProgram.aspx Caption Text: Early learning boost: State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has announced $6.4 million for the new Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Kinder funding announced

21 Feb 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) The state government is helping Northern Victoria's kindergartens upgrade their buildings and playgrounds and buy equipment to provide a more inclusive environment for children with disabilities and additional needs. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has announced $6.4 million for the new Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program. Local governments, notfor-profit service providers and pre-schools in Northern Victoria are encouraged to apply for infrastructure upgrades - including playgrounds - of up to $200 000 or for grants up to $10 000 to buy inclusive education equipment, such as moveable wheelchairaccess ramps or adjustable tables and chairs. The funding is part of a $19 million suite of initiatives to make early childhood services more inclusive for children with disabilities and additional needs. Ms Symes has already secured and delivered significant funding for upgrades to kindergartens and preschools throughout Northern Victoria. "As a working mother who has relied on childcare I am absolutely passionate about the provision of quality childcare options in country Victoria," Ms Symes said. "We know that highquality early years education and care are vital to giving our children the best start in life, which is why Labor is investing in firstrate early learning facilities. "No child should be left behind - Labor is making kinders and playgrounds more accessible for kids of all abilities. "I encourage service providers, councils and schools in Northern Victoria to apply to upgrade their kinders." The state government is delivering $76.4 million to build, upgrade and improve kinders across Victoria to ensure local families continue to have access to firstrate local facilities. Families will also benefit from the government's $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget. The plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Applications for the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program can be made online at http:/ /www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/InclusiveKindergartens-FacilitiesProgram.aspx Caption Text: Early learning boost: State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has announced $6.4 million for the new Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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21 Feb 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (Letters) LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Contracts should be honoured The Benalla Ensign, February 14, in regard to the proposed concrete manufacturing facility, noted, "the factory, which will be operated by the John Holland group, will supply the Westgate Tunnel project as its first contract". It is not unreasonable to expect that the John Holland Group already has a contract or a guarantee that they will get the contract. Ms Ryan, might be the locawl member, but it could be argued that, given Miss Ryan's position within the National Party and the extra workload involved, this would compromise her effectiveness in representing Benalla. It would seem, Jaclyn Symes, the State Member for Northern Victoria has been more effective in this regard. In other words, when it comes to the ALP and LNP, for the voters of Benalla, "six of one, a half dozen of the other". Given the billions that it cost Victorians for Daniel Andrews to cancel the contracts entered into by the previous LNP when he took power, if he lost the next election, it would be beyond belief for an incoming LNP government to try the same stunt. Contracts should be honoured on the basis that something with an increased debt, is better than nothing with an increased debt. It could be argued, that the major political parties rely on verbal diarrhoea to cover their actual agenda and in reality, voters in the next election will be faced with the frying pan or the fire. Concrete would provide insulation against both. Benalla badly needs this plant. It is not impossible for the ALP and the LNP to get together and work together to get this plant built and give John Holland the necessary guarantees to make this plant viable. For heaven's sake, do something positive for people other than yourselves for a change. Seventy-five per cent of Victorians might die from shock if you actually co-operated on something, but hey, take the risk. - P Carter, Benalla Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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21 Feb 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (Letters) LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Contracts should be honoured The Benalla Ensign, February 14, in regard to the proposed concrete manufacturing facility, noted, "the factory, which will be operated by the John Holland group, will supply the Westgate Tunnel project as its first contract". It is not unreasonable to expect that the John Holland Group already has a contract or a guarantee that they will get the contract. Ms Ryan, might be the locawl member, but it could be argued that, given Miss Ryan's position within the National Party and the extra workload involved, this would compromise her effectiveness in representing Benalla. It would seem, Jaclyn Symes, the State Member for Northern Victoria has been more effective in this regard. In other words, when it comes to the ALP and LNP, for the voters of Benalla, "six of one, a half dozen of the other". Given the billions that it cost Victorians for Daniel Andrews to cancel the contracts entered into by the previous LNP when he took power, if he lost the next election, it would be beyond belief for an incoming LNP government to try the same stunt. Contracts should be honoured on the basis that something with an increased debt, is better than nothing with an increased debt. It could be argued, that the major political parties rely on verbal diarrhoea to cover their actual agenda and in reality, voters in the next election will be faced with the frying pan or the fire. Concrete would provide insulation against both. Benalla badly needs this plant. It is not impossible for the ALP and the LNP to get together and work together to get this plant built and give John Holland the necessary guarantees to make this plant viable. For heaven's sake, do something positive for people other than yourselves for a change. Seventy-five per cent of Victorians might die from shock if you actually co-operated on something, but hey, take the risk. - P Carter, Benalla Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Funds to expand

21 Feb 2018 • Seymour Telegraph, Seymour VIC (General News) by Gus McCubbing Avenel Preschool will undergo a $526 000 upgrade and expansion to provide greater access for local families, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced last week. The Victorian Government's funding of $350 000 will see the kindergarten expanded to accommodate increasing enrolments and a range of early years services, including maternal and child health and wellbeing outreach programs. The upgrades will involve significant extensions to the buildings, reconfiguration of the entrance, a new reception area, a consultation room and a meeting room. Extensions will facilitate a greater capacity for kindergarten students, from 28 to about 60 places and allow for integration of an early childhood learning centre, fun groups, supported play groups, as well as after school and in future long day-care provision. The project will see Maternal and Child Health Services colocated at the kindergarten, while also providing a planning and administration space and multipurpose meeting room. Ms Symes said the upgraded facility is intended to become part of a precinct for the community of Avenel, providing increased support to vulnerable families in the area. "This exciting upgrade will ensure Avenel families can access quality early childhood services to help their children get ready for school and ready for life," Ms Symes said. "We know that high-quality early years education and care are vital to giving our children the best start in life, which is why Labor is investing in first-rate early learning facilities." Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the funding announcement provides much needed support to families of Avenel and the surrounding district. "The Avenel community has had limited early childhood services which has meant families have had to find alternative arrangements in surrounding towns including Seymour, Nagambie and Shepparton," Cr McClaren said. "The development of the Avenel Kindergarten into a one-stopshop for early childhood is going to be a massive source of support for families in the town and ensure the current and future needs of the community are being met." Caption Text: Potential: Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren (left) and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes (right) with Avenel Kindergarten children. Picture: Strathbogie Shire Council Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Funds to expand

21 Feb 2018 • Seymour Telegraph, Seymour VIC (General News) by Gus McCubbing Avenel Preschool will undergo a $526 000 upgrade and expansion to provide greater access for local families, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced last week. The Victorian Government's funding of $350 000 will see the kindergarten expanded to accommodate increasing enrolments and a range of early years services, including maternal and child health and wellbeing outreach programs. The upgrades will involve significant extensions to the buildings, reconfiguration of the entrance, a new reception area, a consultation room and a meeting room. Extensions will facilitate a greater capacity for kindergarten students, from 28 to about 60 places and allow for integration of an early childhood learning centre, fun groups, supported play groups, as well as after school and in future long day-care provision. The project will see Maternal and Child Health Services colocated at the kindergarten, while also providing a planning and administration space and multipurpose meeting room. Ms Symes said the upgraded facility is intended to become part of a precinct for the community of Avenel, providing increased support to vulnerable families in the area. "This exciting upgrade will ensure Avenel families can access quality early childhood services to help their children get ready for school and ready for life," Ms Symes said. "We know that high-quality early years education and care are vital to giving our children the best start in life, which is why Labor is investing in first-rate early learning facilities." Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the funding announcement provides much needed support to families of Avenel and the surrounding district. "The Avenel community has had limited early childhood services which has meant families have had to find alternative arrangements in surrounding towns including Seymour, Nagambie and Shepparton," Cr McClaren said. "The development of the Avenel Kindergarten into a one-stopshop for early childhood is going to be a massive source of support for families in the town and ensure the current and future needs of the community are being met." Caption Text: Potential: Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren (left) and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes (right) with Avenel Kindergarten children. Picture: Strathbogie Shire Council Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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