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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..

Investing In Future Low Emission Technologies

The Victorian Government is continuing to back research and development that harnesses our valuable resources to generate new industries and local jobs in a low emissions environment. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes today announced further funding of $600,000 for Australian Carbon Innovation to continue its..

Building Farm Business Resilience For Challenging Times

Farm businesses are being supported to build their resilience against economic challenges through a range of tools and webinars being offered by the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes encouraged Victorian farmers to sign up for the webinar series and seek relevant support to..

New Grants Keeping Critical Food Supply Businesses Going

Food production businesses and farms in Victoria will be supported in making their workplace safe and keeping supply chains uninterrupted thanks to support from the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today launched the Business Adaptation grants program – part of..


Victorian agricultural and pastoral societies will be supported to continue putting on events and upgrade infrastructure through support from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced Mansfield Agricultural and Pastoral Society will share in $300,000 in funding amongst 39 societies..

Ballarat Manufacturers Rising To Global Challenge

A business that manufactures mine plant equipment and started in a back shed in Avoca is now playing a crucial role in Australia’s global response to the coronavirus pandemic, turning its focus to creating ventilators. Following this international success story, Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes..


The Victorian Government is powering communities through local renewable energy projects that promote regional investment, create jobs, and help lower electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the latest round of funding for the New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF)…

Support For Victoria‘s Vital Mining And Quarry Businesses

The Victorian Government is taking action to limit the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Victoria’s resources sector and help businesses to safely continue their operations. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes today announced Earth Resources Regulation will defer the collection of rent and annual fees..

Working With Regional Communities To Shape The Future

The Andrews Labor Government will use a series of roundtables hosted by the state’s Regional Partnerships to help understand the local impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and pave the way for recovery. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the virtual Regional Roundtables to..

A Buzz – Backing Victorian Apiarists On World Bee Day

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to back the state’s $17.5 million apiary industry by ensuring that Victoria’s beekeepers have the tools they need to tackle any biosecurity threats and protect our vital horticulture sector. Keeping Victoria secure and free from pests and diseases is..

Parliament To Return To Scheduled Sittings From June

Victorian Parliament will return to scheduled sittings from the start of June, as restrictions that were put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus are cautiously lifted. Parliament last sat on Thursday, 23 April to pass emergency legislation to keep government services operating and..

Backing Mount Buffalo Tourism And Jobs – Year Round

The Victorian Government is investing in the future of Mount Buffalo as a 12-months-a-year tourism destination through support for new “eco pod” accommodation. Part of the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package, the Mount Buffalo community and its visitors will benefit from the $1.5 million injection..

Virtual Country Market To Showcase Regional Victoria

The Victorian Government is supporting our regional producers, makers and entertainers with the launch of the Victorian Country Market – bringing an online market direct to homes across the state. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the new e-commerce platform will launch at..