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Engaging Victoria’s Youth To Manage Invasive Species

More young people will be at the forefront of efforts to manage invasive species, thanks to new grants from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced 12 recipients across Victoria will share in a total of more than $130,000 towards engaging..

Family-Friendly Boost For Mansfield Cup

Top racing and enhanced family entertainment will be on offer at the Mansfield Cup in April, thanks to a funding boost provided by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula was at the Mansfield racecourse today where he announced a  $20,000 allocation from..

Victoria’s 2020 Rural Women’s Finalists Announced

Four Victorian women have been nominated for the 2020 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award to be announced in March in recognition of their innovative ideas to support Australia’s rural and regional communities. The award encourages Australian women to develop their skills to benefit their industries and..


Seymour students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria today visited Seymour College to open its $6.7 million upgrade, which includes a new middle and senior school learning hub with specialist..

New Network For On-Farm Technology

Agricultural communities in country Victoria will be able to better manage their crops thanks to a new digital network being administered as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Internet of Things trial. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced NNNCo will work with Agriculture Victoria to provide network connectivity to trial sites in the Maffra, Tatura, Serpentine and Birchip regions. The..

Bushfire Recovery Boost For Victoria’s Regional Events

The Andrews Labor Government will launch a special events booster fund to help kickstart the recovery of regions affected by the summer’s devastating bushfires. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said that the dedicated Bushfire Recovery round of Regional Events Fund would..

Regional Jobs Remain Strong Despite Economic Headwinds

Amid continued economic headwinds, regional Victoria remains ahead of the rest of regional Australia on jobs growth, having recorded the nation’s lowest regional unemployment rate. New Australian Bureau of Statistics data confirms more than 23,000 people found a job in regional Victoria in the three..

Taking High Country To The City For Bushfire Recovery

The Andrews Labor Government is helping fire-affected producers and tourism operators get back on their feet by backing the High Country Comeback farmer’s market, aimed at bringing the best of the region’s produce to Melbourne. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced $26,000 in..

Supporting Victoria’s Wine Industry With Bushfire Recovery

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the state’s world-class wine industry with a new $2.5 million package to help growers and producers impacted by the recent bushfires with technical advice to help make the best decisions for their business. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today..

Upper Murray Events Centre Construction Underway

The Andrews Labor Government will provide an additional $200,000 towards the construction of the Upper Murray Events Centre at Corryong Recreation Reserve, following bushfires in the region. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today toured the construction site to view progress on the $2.4 million project,..


Benalla Health’s public residential aged care residents are enjoying the benefits of significant upgrades thanks to a massive funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today joined Benalla Health to officially open the recently refurbished Morrie Evans Wing, a..

Fencing Upgrades To Help Landholders Recover From Fire

The Victorian Government will help landholders in bushfire-affected communities repair damaged or destroyed fences between private land and National Parks, State Parks and State forests. The funding announced today by Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes gives farmers the flexibility to not just replace their boundary..

Albury Wodonga Health Redevelopment To Begin

The New South Wales and Victorian governments are working together to build a new emergency department and the first short stay unit at Albury Wodonga Health to meet the future health needs of the community. NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard, Victorian..

Supporting Bushfire-Affected Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is providing assistance to farmers affected by bushfires in East Gippsland and north-east Victoria to make sure they have the support they need during and after the disaster. The Agriculture Victoria Relief and Recovery Incident Management Team has been established and..

New Chief Vet Joins Effort To Secure Victoria’s Animal Health

A new Chief Veterinary Officer for Victoria has been appointed to build on the Andrews Labor Government’s work to strengthen the state’s animal health, welfare and biosecurity standards. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced Dr Graeme Cooke, the United Kingdom’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer,..

Victorian Meat Leads Strong Agriculture Exports

Victorian food and fibre exports reached a new high last financial year – showing that despite difficult seasonal and market conditions, Victoria’s agriculture sector continues to go from strength to strength. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes toured Yarra Valley Cherries in Gruyere during the company’s..

Authority Chair To Continue The Game Plan

The Andrews Labor Government has extended Brian Hine’s term as chair of the Game Management Authority for a further three years from 1 July 2020. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced Mr Hine’s reappointment. The former Victorian Deputy Emergency Services Commissioner has more than..