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Sheep Shearing Training Proceeds At A Fast Clip

More Victorians will have access to training to become highly-skilled sheep shearers thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government. Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today visited a shearing facility at Barunah Plains, outside Geelong, one of eight locations across Victoria where..

Getting Behind Regional Tourism Businesses – And Families

The Victorian Government is backing regional accommodation businesses affected by the lockdown on some metropolitan suburbs with a fund to assist operators who will lose income due to cancelled bookings. More than 300,000 Melburnians living in 10 postcodes are subject to strict stay at home..

Protecting Victorian Horticulture From Fruit Fly Impacts

Victoria’s key fruit production regions will continue to be protected from the destructive impacts of Queensland fruit fly with an extension of funding from the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced a further $1.72 million in grants in a one-year extension of..

Game Management Authority To Broaden Board Expertise

Three new board members have been appointed to the Game Management Authority (GMA), bringing new skills and experience to the independent regulator. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the appointment of Dr Bronwyn Orr, Corrie Goodwin and Owen Cavanough for a term of three..

Temperature Tests Provide Holiday Security For Victorians

Travellers and accommodation operators will benefit from on-site temperature testing over the school holidays, with infrared thermometers being distributed across the state to help keep Victorians safe. About 4,800 thermometers are on their way to holiday locations as part of the Victorian Government’s efforts to..

Expert Advice For Latrobe Valley Mine Rehab

The rehabilitation of the Latrobe Valley’s brown coal mines will be steered by experts and locals through the creation of a new authority and a strategy to guide rehabilitation planning and works over the coming decades. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes today launched the Mine..

$2m Funding Boost To Transform Longerenong College

The next generation of farmers and rural workers in western Victoria will soon have access to upgraded learning and students facilities thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney today visited Longerenong Agricultural College, located near Horsham, to..

Central Gippsland Irrigation Funding

The Victorian Government is investigating ways to ensure agriculture in central Gippsland has a strong and resilient future. Minister for Water Lisa Neville today announced $500,000 for a study to scope potential development of further irrigation in the region. The feasibility study will examine potential..

Targeted Drought Resilience Support Goes Digital

The Victorian Government is continuing to support farmers impacted by drought and dry seasonal conditions with funding and support programs that have moved online so that they are accessible by more people. The Business Planning and Management Support for Farmers program is part of the..

Win For North East As Supercars Race Back To Winton

The roar of Supercars will return to north east Victoria next month, with the Winton SuperSprint to be broadcast to a national audience. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula welcomed confirmation of the SuperSprint series, which will promote the North East as..

Onshore Conventional Gas Restart A Green Light For Jobs

The Victorian Government is supporting an open and orderly restart of the onshore conventional gas industry, with the Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 passing the Legislative Council. Production of the estimated resources could generate as much as $310 million annually for regional economies and create..

Creative Recovery For Bushfire-Affected Regions

Victorian communities affected by the summer bushfires will be given a boost through Creative Recovery grants as part of the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments’ Community Recovery Package. The $700,000 Creative Recovery program will run in the Alpine, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong and Wangaratta shires – fostering..

Thinking Big Creates New Art Drawcards Across Victoria

The Victorian Government is supporting the creation of large-scale art featuring silos, app trails and open-air galleries under a program that will connect communities, boost cultural tourism and create jobs across the state. Five projects were selected for their potential to become year-round drawcards in..

More Soil Moisture Information At Farmers’ Fingertips

The Victorian Government has announced improvements to the Soil Moisture Monitoring Program as it continues to support farm businesses impacted by drought and dry seasonal conditions. The new set-up will mean easier and quicker access and the improved search function will allow farmers to distinguish..

Standing With Farmers Against Biosecurity Threats

The Victorian Government will continue to back farmers and protect our biosecurity with strict enforcement of on-the-spot fines for those caught trespassing onto farms in the name of animal activism. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes tabled the Government’s response to the Inquiry into the Impact..

New Regional Jobs To Support Agriculture

More than 80 full-time equivalent jobs benefitting the agriculture industry will be created in regional Victoria, backed with funding from the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced funding from the Agriculture Workforce Plan will be put towards job creation..