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RESTRICTIONS UPDATE FROM 11.59PM WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER 2021

Great news for Victorians! With Restrictions updating from 11.59pm on Wednesday 15th of December 2021, Vaccinated Victorians will move closer to normality! There are no longer limits on gatherings of people inside homes and in public places. Fully Vaccinated Victorians can attend, sporting and recreation..

LAWS PASS TO STOP DISCRIMINATION AGAINST VICTORIANS

The Andrews Labor Government has sent a strong message that there is no place for discrimination in Victorian schools and workplaces, with landmark laws passed in Parliament today. Under the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021, religious organisations and schools will no longer be..

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..

Update to restrictions from 6pm Friday 29 October

Nearly there: return to normality with 80% and 90% vax rates After record vaccination rates that will soon see Victoria become one of the most vaccinated places in the world, our state is set on a path back to normal living resembling our pre-COVID lives…

Mine cements new jobs

13 Mar 2019 • McIvor Times, Heathcote VIC (General News) FOSTERVILLE Gold Mine, just east of Bendigo, is set to expand thanks to support from the state government – creating 60 jobs during construction of a new cement plant and 30 new, ongoing, full-time jobs…

Rebates for water works

12 Mar 2019 • Country News insert, Shepparton VIC (General News) Victorian livestock farmers hit by drought can now claim up to a quarter of the cost of putting in more efficient water infrastructure. The Federal Government has pledged to invest $5 million in Victoria’s..

Culture and entertainment comes to valley

11 Mar 2019 • Wangaratta Chronicle, Wangaratta VIC (General News) COMMUNITY members and visitors in King Valley will be treated to world class music, magic, comedy and children’s shows, thanks to the State Government’s Small Regional Presenters program. Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) announced the..

The future of the showgrounds

09 Mar 2019 • Bendigo Advertiser, Bendigo VIC (General News) by Tara Cosoleto THE Bendigo Showgrounds are set for an upgrade, with state and local government coming together to fund a master plan for development of the venue over the next 10 years. Victorian Minister..

Tomato farm to expand

07 Mar 2019 • Carisbrook Mercury, Carisbrook, VIC (General News) $7 million project planned Mortlock Hydroponics, in Carisbrook, is undertaking a $7 million expansion that will see the greenhouses cover a further three hectares. The State Government has provided a $300,000 grant through its Regional..

Victoria gets new agriculture minister

05 Dec 2018 • Wimmera Mail Times, Horsham VIC (Supplements) by Gregor Heard UPPER House member for Victoria’s Northern Region Jaclyn Symes will be the state’s new agriculture minister, providing she wins her seat. While Ms Symes is all but over the line following the..