Media Centre

Protecting our biodiversity

22 Sep 2017 • Wangaratta Chronicle, Wangaratta VIC (General News) State funding helps support local groups' conservation projects TURTLES, woodland bats and threatened parrots and bush peas will benefit from State Government grants to local community groups to protect and further enhance local biodiversity. Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) said hundreds of thousands of dollars has been granted to projects across the North East, as part of the government's $4 million Biodiversity Onground Action program. She said the funding will help local community groups protect, improve and expand habitats for Victoria's native plants and animals . "Many Northern Victoria communities are already hard at work protecting and restoring Victoria's unique natural environment and these grants will further assist in the protection and enhancement of the local biodiversity," she said. "In the last year many dedicated local community groups in Northern Victoria helped to reduce threats and improve the survival of threatened species." Local projects supported are: $49,150 to Friends of Winton Wetlands for their project around native turtle conservation; $48,000 to Springhurst and Byawatha Hills Landcare Group for its project focused on roadside reserves; $36,030 to Greta Valley Landcare Group to help protect scattered paddock trees for woodland bards and bats; S31,500 to Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group for riparian conservation and connectivity, focused at the junction of the Ovens and Buckland rivers; $5600 to Yackandandah Cemetery Trust to protect and identify cemetery native grassland species; and $18, 585 to Myrtleford and District Landcare & Sustainability to help shore up the threatened Stony Bush-pea Pultenaea lapidosa on Myrtleford's Reform Hill. Caption Text: FRESH FRIENDS: Long necked turtles (pictured) and broad shelled turtles are the main species living in the Winton Wetlands, and the subject of a special conservation project. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Protecting our biodiversity

22 Sep 2017 • Wangaratta Chronicle, Wangaratta VIC (General News) State funding helps support local groups' conservation projects TURTLES, woodland bats and threatened parrots and bush peas will benefit from State Government grants to local community groups to protect and further enhance local biodiversity. Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) said hundreds of thousands of dollars has been granted to projects across the North East, as part of the government's $4 million Biodiversity Onground Action program. She said the funding will help local community groups protect, improve and expand habitats for Victoria's native plants and animals . "Many Northern Victoria communities are already hard at work protecting and restoring Victoria's unique natural environment and these grants will further assist in the protection and enhancement of the local biodiversity," she said. "In the last year many dedicated local community groups in Northern Victoria helped to reduce threats and improve the survival of threatened species." Local projects supported are: $49,150 to Friends of Winton Wetlands for their project around native turtle conservation; $48,000 to Springhurst and Byawatha Hills Landcare Group for its project focused on roadside reserves; $36,030 to Greta Valley Landcare Group to help protect scattered paddock trees for woodland bards and bats; S31,500 to Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group for riparian conservation and connectivity, focused at the junction of the Ovens and Buckland rivers; $5600 to Yackandandah Cemetery Trust to protect and identify cemetery native grassland species; and $18, 585 to Myrtleford and District Landcare & Sustainability to help shore up the threatened Stony Bush-pea Pultenaea lapidosa on Myrtleford's Reform Hill. Caption Text: FRESH FRIENDS: Long necked turtles (pictured) and broad shelled turtles are the main species living in the Winton Wetlands, and the subject of a special conservation project. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

WORK COMPLETE ON OXLEY ROUNDABOUT UPGRADE

The Andrews Labor Government has completed work on a new roundabout at the intersection of Glenrowan-Myrtleford Road and Wangaratta-Whitfield Road in Oxley. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced that work is complete on the vital safety upgrade and thanked the community for their patience during its construction. The new roundabout will improve safety and traffic flow on a key tourism and freight route. The previous intersection had a history of crashes, with two people killed and four people seriously injured between 2008 and 2014. “This busy intersection is an important gateway connecting locals, tourists and industry to the popular destinations of Milawa, Bright, Whitfield, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek,” Ms Symes said. “Both roads are also used by heavy vehicles, including B-doubles, semi-trailers, logging trucks, school buses and tourist coaches. “We are improving safety in Oxley to make sure drivers get to their destination safely, whether that is to school, work or holidays.” As part of this project, the Labor Government also improved the school crossing at Oxley Primary School, while also sealing the bus bay and parent drop-off area. VicRoads will hold a sausage sizzle on Friday, September 22, at Oxley Primary School, 1050 Wangaratta-Whitfield Road, Oxley from 11am to 1pm to thank the community for their patience throughout the upgrade.

WORK COMPLETE ON OXLEY ROUNDABOUT UPGRADE

The Andrews Labor Government has completed work on a new roundabout at the intersection of Glenrowan-Myrtleford Road and Wangaratta-Whitfield Road in Oxley. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced that work is complete on the vital safety upgrade and thanked the community for their patience during its construction. The new roundabout will improve safety and traffic flow on a key tourism and freight route. The previous intersection had a history of crashes, with two people killed and four people seriously injured between 2008 and 2014. “This busy intersection is an important gateway connecting locals, tourists and industry to the popular destinations of Milawa, Bright, Whitfield, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek,” Ms Symes said. “Both roads are also used by heavy vehicles, including B-doubles, semi-trailers, logging trucks, school buses and tourist coaches. “We are improving safety in Oxley to make sure drivers get to their destination safely, whether that is to school, work or holidays.” As part of this project, the Labor Government also improved the school crossing at Oxley Primary School, while also sealing the bus bay and parent drop-off area. VicRoads will hold a sausage sizzle on Friday, September 22, at Oxley Primary School, 1050 Wangaratta-Whitfield Road, Oxley from 11am to 1pm to thank the community for their patience throughout the upgrade.

LABOR DELIVERS FURTHER PROTECTION FOR BENALLA’S MIGRANT CAMP

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to protect the Benalla Migrant Camp – a cherished heritage asset.   Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government will provide $20,000 in funding.   Ms Symes said the Former Benalla Migrant Camp is a recent addition to the Victorian Heritage Register, demonstrating its historical importance to the state, its enduring connection with former residents and their families and its ability to interpret the experiences of post-World War II non-British migrants to the broader Victorian community.   The grant will support the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan for the Former Benalla Migrant Camp.   “The Benalla Migrant Camp is among our community’s most cherished assets,” Ms Symes said.   “The Benalla Migrant Camp reflects our history and provides the stories of who we are and where we have come from.   “We invest in our heritage to ensure it remains for future generations.”   It’s all part of the Labor Government’s $36.5 million Living Heritage Program. It’s the single biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history.   More than 1.9 million people visited Victoria’s heritage buildings, sites or monuments last year – and more than half were international visitors.   Applications for the next round of Living Heritage Program grants will open in February.  

LABOR DELIVERS FURTHER PROTECTION FOR BENALLA’S MIGRANT CAMP

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to protect the Benalla Migrant Camp – a cherished heritage asset.   Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government will provide $20,000 in funding.   Ms Symes said the Former Benalla Migrant Camp is a recent addition to the Victorian Heritage Register, demonstrating its historical importance to the state, its enduring connection with former residents and their families and its ability to interpret the experiences of post-World War II non-British migrants to the broader Victorian community.   The grant will support the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan for the Former Benalla Migrant Camp.   “The Benalla Migrant Camp is among our community’s most cherished assets,” Ms Symes said.   “The Benalla Migrant Camp reflects our history and provides the stories of who we are and where we have come from.   “We invest in our heritage to ensure it remains for future generations.”   It’s all part of the Labor Government’s $36.5 million Living Heritage Program. It’s the single biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history.   More than 1.9 million people visited Victoria’s heritage buildings, sites or monuments last year – and more than half were international visitors.   Applications for the next round of Living Heritage Program grants will open in February.  

Fix roads, not limit

20 Sep 2017 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) State Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has slammed the Victorian Government over reports it plans to decrease the speed limit on some unsealed country roads. Ms Ryan said plans to reduce the speed limit to 70 km/h on some roads was lazy policy from a government which was completely disengaged with regional Victoria. "Labor has cut $160 million for the maintenance of country roads and bridges across country Victoria and is now trying to deal with the inevitable fallout with a band-aid 'fix'," Ms Ryan said. "Our roads have deteriorated significantly as a result of Labor's funding cuts, with many stretches of road subject to temporary speed restrictions because of the dangerous state of the road. "It's simple: if you fix country roads, you save country lives. What we need is for Daniel Andrews to fund the maintenance of our roads, not to lower the speed limit." However, State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said The Nationals were deliberately misleading on the issue. Ms Symes said it was Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer who proposed the idea of reduced speed limits after becoming concerned about the volume of deaths on unsealed roads. "Turning this into a political tit-for-tat is disrespectful for those who have lost loved ones on our roads," Ms Symes said. "The facts are that the VicRoads maintenance budget was $157 million in the last year of the previous Liberal/National government. This year we have allocated $343.2 million to maintenance. "Labor knows roads are the lifeblood of country communities - that's why we're investing more than ever before to make our country roads safer. "Since coming to office, the Andrews Labor Government has doubled spending on road maintenance." However, Ms Ryan questioned how the VicRoads maintenance budget was being spent. She said the government had gone so far as to spend funding designated for regional bridges in Mr Andrews' city-based electorate of Mulgrave. "If Labor's idea of a regional seat is Mulgrave, then I think we should all be concerned," Ms Ryan said. "Roads right across the Euroa electorate are cracking up and are riddled with potholes because Labor is spending money for the maintenance of country roads in the city. "There is an obvious solution to this problem and that is to fix the roads." That is something Ms Symes says is already under way. "Over the next 12 months VicRoads will be doing more pavement work than it has done in decades. In this financial year alone, VicRoads will fix more than 1400 km of roads," Ms Symes said. "And we're not just filling pot holes, we're rebuilding entire sections of some of our most critical links. "We're rolling out more than 1700 km of wire rope barriers, upgrading road shoulders and widening centre lines on the state's most dangerous country roads. "I know there is much to be done on country roads and our government is focused on getting on with the job." Ms Ryan said that in spite of the money being spent, Labor was not doing enough for country roads and the safety of rural and regional drivers. "If Daniel Andrews really cared about road safety, he would not have slashed the country roads budget so drastically in the first place," Ms Ryan said. "There is no question that our roads are becoming more dangerous as a result of a lack of maintenance, but the safest solution is to ensure there is adequate funding to maintain them to a safe standard." Caption Text: Safety first: Speed limits may go down on some regional roads, but making them safe is the priority. Steph Ryan Jaclyn Symes Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Fix roads, not limit

20 Sep 2017 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) State Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has slammed the Victorian Government over reports it plans to decrease the speed limit on some unsealed country roads. Ms Ryan said plans to reduce the speed limit to 70 km/h on some roads was lazy policy from a government which was completely disengaged with regional Victoria. "Labor has cut $160 million for the maintenance of country roads and bridges across country Victoria and is now trying to deal with the inevitable fallout with a band-aid 'fix'," Ms Ryan said. "Our roads have deteriorated significantly as a result of Labor's funding cuts, with many stretches of road subject to temporary speed restrictions because of the dangerous state of the road. "It's simple: if you fix country roads, you save country lives. What we need is for Daniel Andrews to fund the maintenance of our roads, not to lower the speed limit." However, State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said The Nationals were deliberately misleading on the issue. Ms Symes said it was Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer who proposed the idea of reduced speed limits after becoming concerned about the volume of deaths on unsealed roads. "Turning this into a political tit-for-tat is disrespectful for those who have lost loved ones on our roads," Ms Symes said. "The facts are that the VicRoads maintenance budget was $157 million in the last year of the previous Liberal/National government. This year we have allocated $343.2 million to maintenance. "Labor knows roads are the lifeblood of country communities - that's why we're investing more than ever before to make our country roads safer. "Since coming to office, the Andrews Labor Government has doubled spending on road maintenance." However, Ms Ryan questioned how the VicRoads maintenance budget was being spent. She said the government had gone so far as to spend funding designated for regional bridges in Mr Andrews' city-based electorate of Mulgrave. "If Labor's idea of a regional seat is Mulgrave, then I think we should all be concerned," Ms Ryan said. "Roads right across the Euroa electorate are cracking up and are riddled with potholes because Labor is spending money for the maintenance of country roads in the city. "There is an obvious solution to this problem and that is to fix the roads." That is something Ms Symes says is already under way. "Over the next 12 months VicRoads will be doing more pavement work than it has done in decades. In this financial year alone, VicRoads will fix more than 1400 km of roads," Ms Symes said. "And we're not just filling pot holes, we're rebuilding entire sections of some of our most critical links. "We're rolling out more than 1700 km of wire rope barriers, upgrading road shoulders and widening centre lines on the state's most dangerous country roads. "I know there is much to be done on country roads and our government is focused on getting on with the job." Ms Ryan said that in spite of the money being spent, Labor was not doing enough for country roads and the safety of rural and regional drivers. "If Daniel Andrews really cared about road safety, he would not have slashed the country roads budget so drastically in the first place," Ms Ryan said. "There is no question that our roads are becoming more dangerous as a result of a lack of maintenance, but the safest solution is to ensure there is adequate funding to maintain them to a safe standard." Caption Text: Safety first: Speed limits may go down on some regional roads, but making them safe is the priority. Steph Ryan Jaclyn Symes Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Policies

Policy Documents

Victorian Labor Party Policy