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Independent Melbourne Market Reviews Complete

The Victorian Government is continuing to ensure success at the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market at Epping with two independent reviews concluding the market is operating efficiently and effectively. The work was undertaken to ensure that the trading environment at the Market supports..

Search For New Gas Heating Up To Help Recovery

As Victorians turn up their gas heaters during the winter chill, the search for new gas off the state’s south west coast will be stepping up with the awarding of two new gas exploration permits. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes today announced that permits have..

$1.25M Boost For Local Learners Across State

Victoria’s most vulnerable learners will have better access to the literacy, numeracy and digital skills they need for further study or employment opportunities, thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney today announced the details of a $1.25..

Working Together To Keep Agriculture Moving

The Victorian and New South Wales Governments are working together to ensure our vital agriculture industry can continue to operate while our border is closed. While some impacts to the Victorian and NSW agricultural industries are anticipated, Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes and NSW Minister..

Big Boost For Small-Scale And Craft Agribusinesses

Small-scale and craft producers across the state have received a funding boost to help grow their businesses and generate jobs thanks to grants from the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Dreaming Goat Dairy in Monegeetta to announce the more than 130..

Steering Agricultural Response To Climate Change

Victoria’s ongoing ability to produce high-quality food and fibre in a changing climate will be the key focus of a new advisory council established by the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today called for expressions of interest for positions on the newly established..

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..


The Andrews Labor Government will continue to reduce the cost of sessional kindergarten for families and provide kinders with extra cleaning for all of Term 3 as part of a $45 million support package during the coronavirus pandemic. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced..