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MORE CAPACITY AND A FASTER FLEET TO KEEP VICTORIANS SAFE

Victoria will have 50 aircraft strategically placed across the state over the summer season to assist fighting fires and help keep communities safe. Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes today announced the 2021-22 aircraft fleet arrangements, which includes a mix of firebombing aircraft, air supervision..

STRENGTHENING POLICE OVERSIGHT FOR A FAIRER VICTORIA

Victorians will be able to shape improvements to the state’s police oversight system to ensure it is strong, transparent and meets the needs of our diverse communities. The Andrews Labor Government launched a systemic review into police oversight earlier this year, in line with recommendation..

NEW LAWS GIVING VICTORIANS A CHANCE TO MOVE FORWARD

Victorians with historical convictions who have demonstrated rehabilitation will be able to move on with their lives without the fear of past mistakes ruining their future, thanks to reforms from the Andrews Labor Government. The Spent Convictions Act 2021 comes into effect today and allows..

NEW PATHWAY FOR RESOLVING INTERSTATE DISPUTES

Victorians will be able to resolve disputes involving an interstate party more easily with important new reforms now in effect. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Other Acts Amendment (Federal Jurisdiction and Other Matters) Act 2021, passed earlier this year and now in effect,..

PROTECTING WANGARATTA WOMEN IN TIMES OF CRISIS

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring women and girls across north east Victoria can get the support, services and safety they need in times of crisis. Minister for Women and Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams visited Wangaratta today to announce a range of support..

PREVENTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN WODONGA

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting multicultural communities in Wodonga to prevent violence against women and children through innovative prevention programs. Gateway Health has received $360,000 from the Labor Government to help migrant and refugee women overcome the barriers often faced in accessing family violence..

STRONGER LAWS FOR VICTIM-SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government will overhaul the way sexual offences are reported and dealt with – announcing major reforms that make it clear there is no place for sexual violence of any kind in Victoria. In response to key recommendations from the Victorian Law Reform..

BACKING GREAT IDEAS TO DRIVE REGIONAL TOURISM RECOVERY

A major Andrews Labor Government investment fund will back compelling tourism projects across the state that will drive the recovery of regional tourism and grow jobs. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today called for great projects to be put forward that could..

GETTING ON WITH THE SHEPPARTON LINE UPGRADE

Train passengers are encouraged to plan ahead this summer, as major works get underway on the Shepparton Line Upgrade. The works will see stage 2 and 3 of the upgrade gain major ground, with construction to begin on extending platforms at Nagambie and Murchison East..

GENERATING JOBS TO HELP THE GOULBURN VALLEY GROW

The Andrews Labor Government is backing the Goulburn Valley food bowl, with three new projects set to create almost 140 new jobs. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today visited a hydroponic farm in Tatura owned by Flavorite, which is investing in a new multi-million..

BUILDING BACK BETTER IN STORM AND FLOOD RECOVERY

Communities affected by June’s destructive storms and floods will continue to get more help to rebuild and recover thanks to further support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes today announced a $25.7 million package to support the ongoing recovery and..

NEW RECIPIENTS AWARDED IN RIDE HIGH COUNTRY FUND

The Andrews Labor Government is shifting the High Country’s tourism into gear, supporting local businesses to create new cycling activities and accommodation right in time for the holiday season. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced 13 businesses will share in $3.1 Million in grants..

HELP WITH ENERGY BILLS THROUGH THE $250 POWER SAVING BONUS

The Victorian Government is encouraging households doing it tough with energy bills to apply for the one-off $250 Power Saving Bonus payment, as the 12-month program marks more than 320,000 payments to Victorians totalling $80 million. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today called on..

FAMILY DAY OUT AT WODONGA’S GOLD CUP MEETING

This year’s Wodonga Gold Cup is welcoming crowds back to the races and promises fun for the whole family, thanks to a funding package from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Government is allocating $25,000 from the Victorian Racing..

RECOVERY BOOST FOR BUSHFIRE-AFFECTED KINDERS

The Andrews Labor Government is giving kindergartens in Towong and Alpine Shires the extra support they need for ongoing bushfire recovery, making sure children in bushfire-affected communities continue to get a great early education. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that eleven kindergartens affected..

Extended Lifesaving Patrol Season For Victorian Beaches

Victorians are being reminded to stay safe around the water as the weather warms up, with this weekend officially marking the start of what will be an extended lifesaving patrol season around the state. Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes joined volunteers today at Life..

HELPING THE MITCHELL SHIRE COMMUNITY STAY SAFE IN THE SUN

More of the Mitchell Shire community will be protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays thanks to the sixth round of Community Shade grants released by the Andrews Labor Government to install shade in public areas such as sports clubs, parks and playgrounds. Member for..

HELPING THE BENALLA COMMUNITY STAY SAFE IN THE SUN

More of the Benalla community will be protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays thanks to the sixth round of Community Shade grants released by the Andrews Labor Government to install shade in public areas such as sports clubs, parks and playgrounds. Member for Northern..