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New And Improved Picnic Grounds For Badger Weir

Visitors to Badger Weir in the Yarra Ranges National Park now have access to new and improved picnic grounds thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today officially reopened the site, which received..

NEW MIDLAND HIGHWAY OVERTAKING LANES OPEN

Travellers on the Midland Highway will have an easier and safer journey with the opening of two new overtaking lanes near Barjarg. Set to ease driver frustration for those stuck behind slow-moving vehicles, the overtaking lanes will give drivers the opportunity to overtake on the..

ENCOURAGING KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS OF THE FUTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is offering an additional 300 scholarships to aspiring kinder teachers, as well as $9,000 incentives to support early childhood teachers to move to areas where three-year-old kinder is rolling out. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes is encouraging..

BOOSTING KINDER SERVICES IN AVENEL

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes today visited Avenel Preschool to turn the sod on the $526,000 upgrade and expansion. The Andrews Labor Government provided $350,000 towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant. The kindergarten is being expanded..

THE RICHEST PICNIC RACE IN AUSTRALIA ON MANSFIELD CUP DAY

The Mansfield District Racing Club is gearing up for a huge day of country racing this Mansfield Cup Day, thanks to a joint funding package worth more than $135,000. The Andrews Labor Government is providing more than $18,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday..

Standing With Our Valued Lifeline Heroes

The Andrews Labor Government is standing with Gippsland communities doing it tough due to recent fires and ongoing drought. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today visited the hard-working staff with local Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing and volunteers at Lifeline Gippsland to thank..

NEW COMMUNITY APPROVED FOR A GROWING WODONGA

Wodonga is set to have a new community that delivers the housing and infrastructure needed to accommodate a growing population, thanks to fresh planning approvals form the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne approved the Leneva-Baranduda Precinct Structure Plan for the growth corridor..

Unemployment In Regional Vic The Lowest In The Nation

Victoria’s regional unemployment is the lowest in the nation, with more and more people finding work outside Melbourne. New Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows, an extra 10,200 people found a job in regional Victoria in the three months to February, more than double..

Backing Local Communities In Fight Against Fruit Fly

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting growers, community groups and the horticulture industry in the fight against fruit fly. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today opened the third round of the Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program. The Labor Government is backing community-led projects to..

Kangaroo Management Plan To Be Developed For Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will provide long term certainty for farmers and the kangaroo pet food industry, establishing a new regulatory framework and developing a long-term Kangaroo Management Plan. The new framework will support the operation of an ongoing kangaroo pet food program in Victoria..

SMOOTHER, SAFER ROADS FOR VICTORIAN BORDER TOWNS

Border communities will have safer, smoother and more durable roads thanks to a $2 million upgrade package from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced work would begin on a designated drop-off zone at Bethanga Primary School to boost safety for..

CHANGING THE GAME FOR WOMEN IN SPORT

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to back women in sport, through the second round of the 2018-19 Change Our Game Scholarship Program. The Program creates opportunities for women to pursue leadership and development opportunities throughout the sporting and active recreation sector. Member for Northern..

Upgraded Latrobe Valley Sports Facilities On Their Way

Work is now underway to build the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC) and transform the Traralgon Indoor Sports Stadium, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes joined Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing in Traralgon to announce the start of..

More Water Available For Northern Victorian Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government welcomes a decision by Victoria’s Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) to make additional water available in northern Victoria. VEWH will sell up to 10 gigalitres of Murray allocation in the northern Victorian water market. VEWH has determined that this water is not..

A New Way Forward For Tourism In Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will look to find new ways to grow tourism and support regional Victoria, through a review into the regional tourism industry. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said tourism was one of regional Victoria’s most important industries, with..

BOOSTING SAFETY FOR DRIVERS ENTERING YARRA GLEN

The Andrews Labor Government is making Yarra Glen safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists with a package of improvements to the town’s main entrances set to get underway this month. Entrances to the Yarra Glen township will be upgraded, with new signage and pavement markings..

Carboor Hazelnut Farm Gets Cracking With Funding Boost

Australia’s largest hazelnut grower will soon be expanding production for domestic and export markets, with support from the Andrews Labor Government. Wangaratta-based Carboor Farms has received $200,000 through the Labor Government’s Food Source Victoria program for new equipment and facilities to dry, grade and crack..

Protecting Agricultural Land Around Melbourne

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to permanently tighten controls to better protect Melbourne’s green wedges against overdevelopment. Consultation is now open for communities, councils, farmers and agricultural industries around Melbourne’s green wedge and peri-urban areas to help identify and protect vital..