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New Home For GARDS Volunteers And Members

Gippsland Asbestos Related Diseases Support Inc. now has a new home to continue doing their important work supporting Latrobe Valley workers, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today officially opened the new home of GARDS in Moe, following a refurbishment project supported by almost $80,000 from the Labor Government’s Latrobe Valley Authority Community and Facility Fund. GARDS has been operating since 1991 to support asbestos sufferers in Gippsland and throughout Victoria. It is the largest asbestos support and advocacy group in the state. The organisation made the move from its existing premises in Newborough after a rent increase meant the facility was no longer viable for the not-for-profit. The refurbishment project has created a fit-for-purpose home for employees, volunteers and members, with the new facility providing a stable, long-term home for the organisation and its 200 members. Upgrades to the building included heating and cooling upgrades, electrical and plumbing works, solar power, new floor and window coverings, computer hardware and software, painting, installation of security doors and a video security system. More than a dozen local contractors and suppliers were used during the refurbishment project, including Latrobe Valley Joinery, Jarrod Ryan Painting, Francis Plumbing & Gas Fitting, Latrobe Valley Shopfitters and Valley Computer Solutions. The Government has now supported almost 170 community projects through the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community and Facility Fund. For more information on the fund, visit lva.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “It’s wonderful to see local organisations such as GARDS benefiting from the Community and Facility Fund – providing a modern, permanent home that will allow them to keep doing their great work in the community.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “GARDS is a fantastic organisation that does such vital work supporting the health and wellbeing of our community into the future, and it’s fitting that they have a suitable home to keep providing their services.”

New Home For GARDS Volunteers And Members

Gippsland Asbestos Related Diseases Support Inc. now has a new home to continue doing their important work supporting Latrobe Valley workers, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today officially opened the new home of GARDS in Moe, following a refurbishment project supported by almost $80,000 from the Labor Government’s Latrobe Valley Authority Community and Facility Fund. GARDS has been operating since 1991 to support asbestos sufferers in Gippsland and throughout Victoria. It is the largest asbestos support and advocacy group in the state. The organisation made the move from its existing premises in Newborough after a rent increase meant the facility was no longer viable for the not-for-profit. The refurbishment project has created a fit-for-purpose home for employees, volunteers and members, with the new facility providing a stable, long-term home for the organisation and its 200 members. Upgrades to the building included heating and cooling upgrades, electrical and plumbing works, solar power, new floor and window coverings, computer hardware and software, painting, installation of security doors and a video security system. More than a dozen local contractors and suppliers were used during the refurbishment project, including Latrobe Valley Joinery, Jarrod Ryan Painting, Francis Plumbing & Gas Fitting, Latrobe Valley Shopfitters and Valley Computer Solutions. The Government has now supported almost 170 community projects through the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community and Facility Fund. For more information on the fund, visit lva.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “It’s wonderful to see local organisations such as GARDS benefiting from the Community and Facility Fund – providing a modern, permanent home that will allow them to keep doing their great work in the community.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “GARDS is a fantastic organisation that does such vital work supporting the health and wellbeing of our community into the future, and it’s fitting that they have a suitable home to keep providing their services.”

A New Way Forward For Tourism In Regional Victoria

Victoria’s regional communities are invited to have their say on the future of tourism across the state following the release of the Regional Tourism Review Discussion Paper. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula and Review Special Adviser and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today also confirmed details of an extended consultation stage. The release of the Discussion Paper continues consultation held over the past few months across regional Victoria as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s program to enable improved outcomes for tourism and regional communities. The Regional Tourism Review, launched in March, aims to find opportunities to better support tourism operators, encourage private investment, create more regional jobs and enhance local communities. Figures released this week put the value of Victoria’s visitor economy at $30 billion, supporting 214,000 jobs including 86,000 in regional Victoria.  While regional Victoria has some of Australia’s premier natural, cultural and food and wine attractions, private investment, visitation and spending are below their potential levels. Visitors to Victoria spend on average 36 cents in the dollar across our regional sectors, below the national average of 43 cents in the dollar. Closing this gap would add $3.8 billion to the Victorian tourism economy. The Discussion Paper has identified five key themes: strengthening our tourism offering, making the most of marketing spending, supporting industry, enhancing Regional Tourism Boards and better coordinating effort. A series of regional consultations with tourism industry stakeholders will be held from July to September, while members of the public are invited to make submissions through the Engage Victoria website. The stakeholder forums will be held in the nine regional partnership areas, starting in Ballarat on Friday, 26 July. To view the Discussion Paper and have your say before the August 30 deadline for public submissions, visit engage.vic.gov.au/regional-tourism-review. Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “The Regional Tourism Review aims to find out how the government can best support our regions and maximise the opportunities available to grow visitation and support local businesses and jobs.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “We need to hear the voices of community members and local tourism operators from across regional Victoria, to tell us first-hand the opportunities that exist and challenges they’re facing.” Quote attributable to Review Special Adviser and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “It’s been a pleasure to meet with tourism representatives and community members from across regional Victoria, to listen to their stories and learn about conditions on the ground as a guide to this next stage of the review.”

A New Way Forward For Tourism In Regional Victoria

Victoria’s regional communities are invited to have their say on the future of tourism across the state following the release of the Regional Tourism Review Discussion Paper. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula and Review Special Adviser and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today also confirmed details of an extended consultation stage. The release of the Discussion Paper continues consultation held over the past few months across regional Victoria as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s program to enable improved outcomes for tourism and regional communities. The Regional Tourism Review, launched in March, aims to find opportunities to better support tourism operators, encourage private investment, create more regional jobs and enhance local communities. Figures released this week put the value of Victoria’s visitor economy at $30 billion, supporting 214,000 jobs including 86,000 in regional Victoria.  While regional Victoria has some of Australia’s premier natural, cultural and food and wine attractions, private investment, visitation and spending are below their potential levels. Visitors to Victoria spend on average 36 cents in the dollar across our regional sectors, below the national average of 43 cents in the dollar. Closing this gap would add $3.8 billion to the Victorian tourism economy. The Discussion Paper has identified five key themes: strengthening our tourism offering, making the most of marketing spending, supporting industry, enhancing Regional Tourism Boards and better coordinating effort. A series of regional consultations with tourism industry stakeholders will be held from July to September, while members of the public are invited to make submissions through the Engage Victoria website. The stakeholder forums will be held in the nine regional partnership areas, starting in Ballarat on Friday, 26 July. To view the Discussion Paper and have your say before the August 30 deadline for public submissions, visit engage.vic.gov.au/regional-tourism-review. Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “The Regional Tourism Review aims to find out how the government can best support our regions and maximise the opportunities available to grow visitation and support local businesses and jobs.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “We need to hear the voices of community members and local tourism operators from across regional Victoria, to tell us first-hand the opportunities that exist and challenges they’re facing.” Quote attributable to Review Special Adviser and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “It’s been a pleasure to meet with tourism representatives and community members from across regional Victoria, to listen to their stories and learn about conditions on the ground as a guide to this next stage of the review.”

A New Blueprint For Melbourne’s Much-Loved Showgrounds

Work will begin immediately on a new plan for the Melbourne Showgrounds to ensure the much-loved precinct can best serve the needs of Victorians now and for generations to come. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today confirmed the Andrews Labor Government will provide $1.5 million to the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) to develop the masterplan. The Melbourne Showgrounds has hosted the Royal Melbourne Show since 1883. Since then it has grown into a truly multi-use space for events, exhibitions, music festivals, exams and competitions. Despite this growth, the infrastructure has not kept up with the new and changing uses of the precinct. The masterplan, which will be completed over the next 12 months, will identify how the site can be improved to maximise its potential as a centre for agriculture, events, exhibitions and wider community use. It will look at options to upgrade or replace ageing infrastructure and how to best integrate transport, exhibition, and accommodation facilities into the precinct. As part of the masterplan, show lovers, local residents and the wider community will be invited to contribute ideas at community consultation sessions. Victorians will gain a glimpse into the future of the Showgrounds when the new Victoria Pavilion opens in August. The pavilion will host Global Table in September – the biggest food, beverage and agribusiness event ever staged in Australia. RASV events including the Royal Melbourne Show attract about 500,000 people each year and generate an estimated $400 million in economic benefit for Victoria. The Show opens on September 21. More information on how people can get involved in the masterplan process will be available in coming months. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “The showgrounds are special for so many Victorians but they need a revamp – and today is the first step in that process.” “The showgrounds have evolved from the humble home of the Melbourne Show to one of Victoria’s leading multi-use precincts. We need to bring its buildings, facilities and infrastructure into the 21st century.”  Quote attributable to Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria chief executive Paul Guerra “There is tremendous potential for the Melbourne Showgrounds to make an even bigger contribution to Victorian life – in tourism, agriculture, entertainment, education and so much more.”

A New Blueprint For Melbourne’s Much-Loved Showgrounds

Work will begin immediately on a new plan for the Melbourne Showgrounds to ensure the much-loved precinct can best serve the needs of Victorians now and for generations to come. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today confirmed the Andrews Labor Government will provide $1.5 million to the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) to develop the masterplan. The Melbourne Showgrounds has hosted the Royal Melbourne Show since 1883. Since then it has grown into a truly multi-use space for events, exhibitions, music festivals, exams and competitions. Despite this growth, the infrastructure has not kept up with the new and changing uses of the precinct. The masterplan, which will be completed over the next 12 months, will identify how the site can be improved to maximise its potential as a centre for agriculture, events, exhibitions and wider community use. It will look at options to upgrade or replace ageing infrastructure and how to best integrate transport, exhibition, and accommodation facilities into the precinct. As part of the masterplan, show lovers, local residents and the wider community will be invited to contribute ideas at community consultation sessions. Victorians will gain a glimpse into the future of the Showgrounds when the new Victoria Pavilion opens in August. The pavilion will host Global Table in September – the biggest food, beverage and agribusiness event ever staged in Australia. RASV events including the Royal Melbourne Show attract about 500,000 people each year and generate an estimated $400 million in economic benefit for Victoria. The Show opens on September 21. More information on how people can get involved in the masterplan process will be available in coming months. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “The showgrounds are special for so many Victorians but they need a revamp – and today is the first step in that process.” “The showgrounds have evolved from the humble home of the Melbourne Show to one of Victoria’s leading multi-use precincts. We need to bring its buildings, facilities and infrastructure into the 21st century.”  Quote attributable to Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria chief executive Paul Guerra “There is tremendous potential for the Melbourne Showgrounds to make an even bigger contribution to Victorian life – in tourism, agriculture, entertainment, education and so much more.”

Pioneering Technology For Victorian Farmers

An innovative trial testing the potential of Internet of Things technology on farms is now open to Victorian horticulture, dairy, sheep and grains farmers, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited the Southern Mallee, which will be home to the grains industry trial, to open expressions of interest for the Labor Government’s $12 million program. The trial will support Victorian farmers to investigate and capitalise on the opportunities of digital technology, putting themselves – and Victorian agriculture – at the forefront of farming innovation. Embracing digital agriculture has the potential to boost the value of Australia’s agricultural production by $20.3 billion, with Internet of Things technology – making appliances ‘smart’ by connecting them to each other via the internet – at the heart of this growth. The Internet of Things technology will allow farmers to gather on-farm data from embedding sensors on devices such as soil moisture probes, weather stations and silo storage monitors. Over the next two years, Agriculture Victoria will partner with hundreds of farms in the trial across four regions: dairy in Maffra, grains in Birchip, sheep in Serpentine and horticulture in Tatura. The program is now encouraging farmers who want to take a low-risk approach to investing in new technology to apply for the program and trial new devices that could boost their farm’s efficiency and productivity. In the first round of the trial, eligible farmers will have access to grants of up to $30,000 to cover up to two-thirds of the cost of acquiring Internet of Things technology from a catalogue of products put together for the trial. Four Agriculture Victoria Industry Technology Co-ordinators were also recently appointed to support farmers to select technologies that best match the needs of their business. The trial is part of the Government’s Connecting Victoria Program which aims to improve digital connectivity and usability for rural and regional Victoria. Farmers interested in taking part in this exciting new trial can submit their expression of interest at agriculture.vic.gov.au/digitalag. Expressions of interest close on 2 August. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “We’ve been working with Victorian farmers to understand how digital technology can revolutionise their businesses – and we’re excited to invite farmers to trial new Internet of Things tech on their own farms.” “Our Internet of Things trial is an ambitious program supporting Victorian farmers to be at the forefront of modern agriculture, to improve farm productivity, efficiency and safety.”

Pioneering Technology For Victorian Farmers

An innovative trial testing the potential of Internet of Things technology on farms is now open to Victorian horticulture, dairy, sheep and grains farmers, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited the Southern Mallee, which will be home to the grains industry trial, to open expressions of interest for the Labor Government’s $12 million program. The trial will support Victorian farmers to investigate and capitalise on the opportunities of digital technology, putting themselves – and Victorian agriculture – at the forefront of farming innovation. Embracing digital agriculture has the potential to boost the value of Australia’s agricultural production by $20.3 billion, with Internet of Things technology – making appliances ‘smart’ by connecting them to each other via the internet – at the heart of this growth. The Internet of Things technology will allow farmers to gather on-farm data from embedding sensors on devices such as soil moisture probes, weather stations and silo storage monitors. Over the next two years, Agriculture Victoria will partner with hundreds of farms in the trial across four regions: dairy in Maffra, grains in Birchip, sheep in Serpentine and horticulture in Tatura. The program is now encouraging farmers who want to take a low-risk approach to investing in new technology to apply for the program and trial new devices that could boost their farm’s efficiency and productivity. In the first round of the trial, eligible farmers will have access to grants of up to $30,000 to cover up to two-thirds of the cost of acquiring Internet of Things technology from a catalogue of products put together for the trial. Four Agriculture Victoria Industry Technology Co-ordinators were also recently appointed to support farmers to select technologies that best match the needs of their business. The trial is part of the Government’s Connecting Victoria Program which aims to improve digital connectivity and usability for rural and regional Victoria. Farmers interested in taking part in this exciting new trial can submit their expression of interest at agriculture.vic.gov.au/digitalag. Expressions of interest close on 2 August. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “We’ve been working with Victorian farmers to understand how digital technology can revolutionise their businesses – and we’re excited to invite farmers to trial new Internet of Things tech on their own farms.” “Our Internet of Things trial is an ambitious program supporting Victorian farmers to be at the forefront of modern agriculture, to improve farm productivity, efficiency and safety.”

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