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Broadford students now have state of the art classrooms and facilities added to their school thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited Broadford Secondary College to officially open the $4.4M upgrade, which includes a refurbished library, a new..

New Train Drivers To Increase Regional Reliability

V/Line will soon have more drivers than ever before thanks to a 20 per cent increase in drivers by the end of next year, helping deliver more reliable services across the entire regional network. As part of an intense period of recruitment and training, around..

Mountain Bike Festival Hits The High Country

The Ignition Mountain Bike Festival will return to Falls Creek this year bigger and better than ever, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today announced the return of the festival, which will feature three..

Yarra Valley Says Ciao To The Italian Festival

The Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao festival is returning to the Yarra Valley to celebrate the region’s rich Italian heritage, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. The festival will showcase the best Italian food, wine, entertainment and cars in themed events across the Yarra..

Cheers To The Wine Growth Fund

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victoria’s world-class wine industry, with a grants program to support the growth of the state’s wineries, increase visitors to wine regions, boost exports and support local jobs. Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Mount Langi..

Retail Pioneer Expands Victorian Operations

One of Australia’s most successful food and beverage exporters is set to expand in Victoria, with Lawand Trade opening a new facility. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today officially opened and toured Lawand Trade’s new warehouse facility in Westmeadows, which will create new local jobs..

Supporting Victorian Producers To Shine

Small-scale and craft producers across Victoria are now better equipped to grow their businesses and spread local produce more widely, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Strathbogie Meatsmiths near Euroa to announce that the Labor Government..

New Chief Executive For Regional Development Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Beth Jones as the new Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria. Regional Development Victoria is the state’s lead agency for rural and regional economic development, building stronger communities by supporting business investment, local jobs and infrastructure..

Major Works Underway At Ballarat GovHub

Work on the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Ballarat GovHub is progressing, with major demolition and excavation works underway. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited the site to inspect progress on the demolition of the Lower Hall and excavation works, meeting with the local..


A new state-of-the-art CFA station has officially opened in Wodonga, providing stronger emergency services for the community and better facilities for firefighters. Representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes attended the official opening today. The Andrews..


Families in Yea will now have access to more kinder places and modernised early years services, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes visited Yea and District Children’s Centre to officially open its expanded facilities. This upgrade..

Steelvision Conduct Referred To Victoria Police

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions has undertaken a comprehensive review of all aspects of a grant awarded to Steelvision after the company entered administration in January this year. This inquiry has identified suspected fraudulent conduct by the company in relation to its Latrobe..

New Guidelines For A More Responsible Resources Sector

The Andrews Labor Government is making changes to strengthen Victoria’s resources guidelines and set a high standard for mineral explorers and miners entrusted with access to the state’s mineral resources. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes today announced that a focus will be placed on minerals..


The Andrews Labor Government is boosting safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians with a new 60km/h speed limit to be implemented through Yarck by the end of May. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the new zone on the Maroondah Highway followed extensive community..

Vic Regional Unemployment Rate Lowest Of The States

Regional Victoria is benefiting from thousands of new jobs, with the state’s regional unemployment rate the lowest recorded in the nation. Australian Bureau of Statistics data released today shows Victoria’s regional unemployment rate is just 4.6 per cent – well below the national average of..

Plantation Timber To Take Root In Gippsland

The Andrews Labor Government is providing certainty for Victoria’s timber industry and the jobs it supports with a new allocation order and the development of new timber plantation sites in Gippsland. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the first sites as..


The Andrews Labor Government has upgraded heavy vehicle access to Benalla’s fast-growing industrial area and new precast concrete facility, which is set to supply more than 65,000 concrete products to the West Gate Tunnel project. The Labor Government has invested $1.45 million to completely rebuild..

Free TAFE Enrolments Surge In Wodonga

Hundreds of people in the Wodonga region have enrolled in priority TAFE courses that lead to jobs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative. Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today revealed that more than 470 students had already begun working towards..