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Splash park plans announced

  25 Apr 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) by Simon Ruppert Benalla is set to get its own splash park on the banks of the lake next to the Aquatic Centre. The park, a joint venture between the state government and Benalla Rural City Council, will be free to enter and is designed to be a space with shaded areas, tables and chairs where the community can meet. Mayor Don Firth said the park would be powered by a solar system, meaning ratepayers were not even on the hook for its electricity bill. "The whole idea of a splash park came about one day when Jaclyn (Symes) said to me 'let's have a splash park in Benalla'," Cr Firth said. "It grew from there and fortunately we've been able to get some funding through Jaclyn, and the state government. "We're going to be separating this area from the aquatic centre. It will be completely free and the public will enter from near the mural. "There will be tables and chairs, so even if you're not using the splash park it will be a great community area. We're all excited about it. It is going to improve this whole area." Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes secured a $48 000 Stronger Regional Communities Plan grant to help the council plan for the proposed recreation area. Ms Symes said she had longenvisioned a splash park for her home town on the banks of the lake and this funding helped design and plan an exciting facility. "The design phase is critically important to ensure that the project is universally accessible, environmentally sustainable, and meets the needs of the Benalla community, and especially the young kids who will use it," Ms Symes said. "It's important to explore and test the best design options for a modern splash park that Benalla families can be proud of. "We have seen the success and popularity of splash parks in other country towns like Wangaratta and Yarrawonga, and Benalla parents have approached me asking for my help to get one for their town. "I have a report from Mitchell Shire Council, which shows that the businesses around their splash park are saying they have tripled their take, they didn't open on Sunday, now they do. "For me its something to do with the kids, but it's also a tourism opportunity in itself. "You're going to have visitors coming here. So it will bring money into town and into local businesses." Roxanne Demasson, who recently oversaw the successful Wall to Wall festival, is looking forward to taking her kids to the splash park. "This is fantastic, it's going to be such a great space. You'll be able to come down, have a barbecue and watch the kids play," Ms Demasson said. "Instead of travelling and getting home really late and sorting out tea for kids we can walk here. "We actually travel to Shepparton to go to Jump on a Sunday to give the kids something to do. So to have a space in Benalla they can come to and have some fun is really exciting." The project is proposed to occupy the former outdoor middle and baby pool areas and the planning process will be overseen by Benalla Rural City Council. This project has been identified as a priority under the council Community Plan 2016-2036. The Stronger Regional Communities Plan aims to support country towns, attracting families and young people to live and work by investing in community-led projects that make country Victoria an even better place to live. The plan supports grants of up to $50 000 for projects that respond to community needs and show how they will improve a town's resilience. More information about applying for a grant can be found at www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-jobsand-infrastructure-fund/strongerregional-communities Caption Text: Splish, splash: Benalla Mayor Don Firth, Cr Danny Claridge, Cr Barbara Alexander, Cr Bernie Hearn and State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes met with local families to announce the new park and show them concept drawings. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Splash park plans announced

  25 Apr 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) by Simon Ruppert Benalla is set to get its own splash park on the banks of the lake next to the Aquatic Centre. The park, a joint venture between the state government and Benalla Rural City Council, will be free to enter and is designed to be a space with shaded areas, tables and chairs where the community can meet. Mayor Don Firth said the park would be powered by a solar system, meaning ratepayers were not even on the hook for its electricity bill. "The whole idea of a splash park came about one day when Jaclyn (Symes) said to me 'let's have a splash park in Benalla'," Cr Firth said. "It grew from there and fortunately we've been able to get some funding through Jaclyn, and the state government. "We're going to be separating this area from the aquatic centre. It will be completely free and the public will enter from near the mural. "There will be tables and chairs, so even if you're not using the splash park it will be a great community area. We're all excited about it. It is going to improve this whole area." Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes secured a $48 000 Stronger Regional Communities Plan grant to help the council plan for the proposed recreation area. Ms Symes said she had longenvisioned a splash park for her home town on the banks of the lake and this funding helped design and plan an exciting facility. "The design phase is critically important to ensure that the project is universally accessible, environmentally sustainable, and meets the needs of the Benalla community, and especially the young kids who will use it," Ms Symes said. "It's important to explore and test the best design options for a modern splash park that Benalla families can be proud of. "We have seen the success and popularity of splash parks in other country towns like Wangaratta and Yarrawonga, and Benalla parents have approached me asking for my help to get one for their town. "I have a report from Mitchell Shire Council, which shows that the businesses around their splash park are saying they have tripled their take, they didn't open on Sunday, now they do. "For me its something to do with the kids, but it's also a tourism opportunity in itself. "You're going to have visitors coming here. So it will bring money into town and into local businesses." Roxanne Demasson, who recently oversaw the successful Wall to Wall festival, is looking forward to taking her kids to the splash park. "This is fantastic, it's going to be such a great space. You'll be able to come down, have a barbecue and watch the kids play," Ms Demasson said. "Instead of travelling and getting home really late and sorting out tea for kids we can walk here. "We actually travel to Shepparton to go to Jump on a Sunday to give the kids something to do. So to have a space in Benalla they can come to and have some fun is really exciting." The project is proposed to occupy the former outdoor middle and baby pool areas and the planning process will be overseen by Benalla Rural City Council. This project has been identified as a priority under the council Community Plan 2016-2036. The Stronger Regional Communities Plan aims to support country towns, attracting families and young people to live and work by investing in community-led projects that make country Victoria an even better place to live. The plan supports grants of up to $50 000 for projects that respond to community needs and show how they will improve a town's resilience. More information about applying for a grant can be found at www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-jobsand-infrastructure-fund/strongerregional-communities Caption Text: Splish, splash: Benalla Mayor Don Firth, Cr Danny Claridge, Cr Barbara Alexander, Cr Bernie Hearn and State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes met with local families to announce the new park and show them concept drawings. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Unique project funding scheme announced

25 Apr 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) Benalla will be given the chance to nominate and decide on its own funding under a new community building fund, announced by the state government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the new grassroots democracy program, Pick My Project, would be backed by $30 million from the Victorian Budget 2018/19 and would be spread across the state, giving every community the chance to benefit. In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program. All they will need is an idea that helps build a stronger community, and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project. Ideas could include anything from sporting and recreation infrastructure, community arts projects, improvements to community facilities or the local environment. Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there will be no restrictive guidelines - meaning many local priorities that fallbetween the cracks of other grant programs will be eligible for funding. Communities will then get to vote for the projects they think are most important, giving residents the first and final say on the best way to improve their area. "This is about putting community funding decisions back in the hands of communities helping people in Northern Victoria come together to improve their local neighbourhood," Ms Symes said. "I want to hear from young people, sporting clubs, community groups, schools, everyone who is active and involved in their community - because they know better than anyone what is needed." Ms Symes also encouraged community members to contact her via email at jaclyn.symes@ parliament.vic.gov.au with their suggestions. Projects between $20 000 and $200 000 will be eligible under the program. The initiative will start in May and winning projects will be announced in September. To get ready and register your interest, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au Caption Text: Jaclyn Symes Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Unique project funding scheme announced

25 Apr 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) Benalla will be given the chance to nominate and decide on its own funding under a new community building fund, announced by the state government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the new grassroots democracy program, Pick My Project, would be backed by $30 million from the Victorian Budget 2018/19 and would be spread across the state, giving every community the chance to benefit. In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program. All they will need is an idea that helps build a stronger community, and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project. Ideas could include anything from sporting and recreation infrastructure, community arts projects, improvements to community facilities or the local environment. Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there will be no restrictive guidelines - meaning many local priorities that fallbetween the cracks of other grant programs will be eligible for funding. Communities will then get to vote for the projects they think are most important, giving residents the first and final say on the best way to improve their area. "This is about putting community funding decisions back in the hands of communities helping people in Northern Victoria come together to improve their local neighbourhood," Ms Symes said. "I want to hear from young people, sporting clubs, community groups, schools, everyone who is active and involved in their community - because they know better than anyone what is needed." Ms Symes also encouraged community members to contact her via email at jaclyn.symes@ parliament.vic.gov.au with their suggestions. Projects between $20 000 and $200 000 will be eligible under the program. The initiative will start in May and winning projects will be announced in September. To get ready and register your interest, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au Caption Text: Jaclyn Symes Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

School funding boost

25 Apr 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) Winton Primary School is one of several schools across Victoria's north east that will benefit from newly announced state government funding. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, announced a $180.8 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2018/19, which will go towards building and upgrading 60 regional schools across the Northern Victoria electorate. This includes $22.9 million that will be spent on building, upgrading and planning for schools including: $90 000 for Winton Primary School to upgrade and modernise facilities; $2.2 million for the Wangaratta District Specialist School and Appin Park Primary School Regeneration to upgrade and modernise facilities; and $950 000 for Euroa Secondary College to upgrade and modernise facilities. This comes on top of recently announced funding of $6.88 million for the rebuild and redeveloping of schools in the region, including Benalla P-12 College, which is currently undergoing major building work. "Whether it's in Don Valley or Wodonga, Labor is upgrading and rebuilding schools right across the Northern Victoria electorate to make sure they have the best classrooms and the best facilities for our hard-working students and teachers," Ms Symes said. "No matter where you live in Northern Victoria, students deserve to have a great school - Labor is getting on with rebuilding schools across our state to give hard-working families the facilities they need. "This boost to regional school funding will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, helping teachers and giving more students the support they need to get the 21st century education they deserve." The Victorian School Building Authority will now start working with schools to determine the scope of their upgrades and how they can best be delivered. Caption Text: Students to benefit: This year's Prep class at Winton Primary can expect to see their school modernised thanks to $90 000 in funding from the state government. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

School funding boost

25 Apr 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) Winton Primary School is one of several schools across Victoria's north east that will benefit from newly announced state government funding. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, announced a $180.8 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2018/19, which will go towards building and upgrading 60 regional schools across the Northern Victoria electorate. This includes $22.9 million that will be spent on building, upgrading and planning for schools including: $90 000 for Winton Primary School to upgrade and modernise facilities; $2.2 million for the Wangaratta District Specialist School and Appin Park Primary School Regeneration to upgrade and modernise facilities; and $950 000 for Euroa Secondary College to upgrade and modernise facilities. This comes on top of recently announced funding of $6.88 million for the rebuild and redeveloping of schools in the region, including Benalla P-12 College, which is currently undergoing major building work. "Whether it's in Don Valley or Wodonga, Labor is upgrading and rebuilding schools right across the Northern Victoria electorate to make sure they have the best classrooms and the best facilities for our hard-working students and teachers," Ms Symes said. "No matter where you live in Northern Victoria, students deserve to have a great school - Labor is getting on with rebuilding schools across our state to give hard-working families the facilities they need. "This boost to regional school funding will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, helping teachers and giving more students the support they need to get the 21st century education they deserve." The Victorian School Building Authority will now start working with schools to determine the scope of their upgrades and how they can best be delivered. Caption Text: Students to benefit: This year's Prep class at Winton Primary can expect to see their school modernised thanks to $90 000 in funding from the state government. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Upgrade announced

25 Apr 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) More Benalla patients will get better access to safer and higherquality care thanks to a Victorian Government funding boost to upgrade cleaning equipment at Benalla Health. Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy visited Benalla Health on Friday to announce that the facility would receive $200 000 through the State Government's Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. This month the fund was expanded by a further $50 million - taking the total investment into rural and regional health services to $250 million. The fund is the largest of its kind in the state's history and is designed to give all Victorians access to the high-quality care and the facilities they need, no matter where they live. Ms Hennessey was joined by Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes for a tour of Benalla Health before making the announcement. "We're putting patients first and revamping our rural and regional health services, so more patients in Benalla can be treated sooner, closer to home," Ms Hennessy said. "Doctors and nurses at Benalla do a remarkable job. We're supporting them to do their job saving lives and keeping locals healthy by giving them the very best medical equipment." The funding boost for Benalla Health will be used to buy the latest advances in washing and cleaning technology for medical equipment, such as endoscopes. It will replace the hospital's Soluscope and Steris machines and buy new endoscope drying and storage cabinets. By improving the quality, reliability and safety of sterilisation equipment for medical devices, patients will enjoy better health outcomes. It will also ensure the hospital can continue to meet increasing demand for local surgical services. The latest funding comes on top of $4.39 million provided to Benalla Health in the first round of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to build the new Morrie Evans Wing and replace an ultrasound, defibrillator monitor and ICT infrastructure at Benalla Hospital. Last year's budget delivered $1.67 billion to support hospitals to meet demand and provide the highquality care Victorian patients deserve, as well as $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades. Caption Text: Better cleaning equipment: Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy and State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes being shown one of the machines that will be replaced. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Upgrade announced

25 Apr 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) More Benalla patients will get better access to safer and higherquality care thanks to a Victorian Government funding boost to upgrade cleaning equipment at Benalla Health. Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy visited Benalla Health on Friday to announce that the facility would receive $200 000 through the State Government's Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. This month the fund was expanded by a further $50 million - taking the total investment into rural and regional health services to $250 million. The fund is the largest of its kind in the state's history and is designed to give all Victorians access to the high-quality care and the facilities they need, no matter where they live. Ms Hennessey was joined by Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes for a tour of Benalla Health before making the announcement. "We're putting patients first and revamping our rural and regional health services, so more patients in Benalla can be treated sooner, closer to home," Ms Hennessy said. "Doctors and nurses at Benalla do a remarkable job. We're supporting them to do their job saving lives and keeping locals healthy by giving them the very best medical equipment." The funding boost for Benalla Health will be used to buy the latest advances in washing and cleaning technology for medical equipment, such as endoscopes. It will replace the hospital's Soluscope and Steris machines and buy new endoscope drying and storage cabinets. By improving the quality, reliability and safety of sterilisation equipment for medical devices, patients will enjoy better health outcomes. It will also ensure the hospital can continue to meet increasing demand for local surgical services. The latest funding comes on top of $4.39 million provided to Benalla Health in the first round of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to build the new Morrie Evans Wing and replace an ultrasound, defibrillator monitor and ICT infrastructure at Benalla Hospital. Last year's budget delivered $1.67 billion to support hospitals to meet demand and provide the highquality care Victorian patients deserve, as well as $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades. Caption Text: Better cleaning equipment: Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy and State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes being shown one of the machines that will be replaced. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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