Archives for March, 2019

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Unemployment In Regional Vic The Lowest In The Nation

Victoria’s regional unemployment is the lowest in the nation, with more and more people finding work outside Melbourne. New Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows, an extra 10,200 people found a job in regional Victoria in the three months to February, more than double..

Backing Local Communities In Fight Against Fruit Fly

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting growers, community groups and the horticulture industry in the fight against fruit fly. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today opened the third round of the Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program. The Labor Government is backing community-led projects to..

Kangaroo Management Plan To Be Developed For Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will provide long term certainty for farmers and the kangaroo pet food industry, establishing a new regulatory framework and developing a long-term Kangaroo Management Plan. The new framework will support the operation of an ongoing kangaroo pet food program in Victoria..


Border communities will have safer, smoother and more durable roads thanks to a $2 million upgrade package from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced work would begin on a designated drop-off zone at Bethanga Primary School to boost safety for..


The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to back women in sport, through the second round of the 2018-19 Change Our Game Scholarship Program. The Program creates opportunities for women to pursue leadership and development opportunities throughout the sporting and active recreation sector. Member for Northern..

Upgraded Latrobe Valley Sports Facilities On Their Way

Work is now underway to build the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC) and transform the Traralgon Indoor Sports Stadium, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes joined Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing in Traralgon to announce the start of..

More Water Available For Northern Victorian Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government welcomes a decision by Victoria’s Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) to make additional water available in northern Victoria. VEWH will sell up to 10 gigalitres of Murray allocation in the northern Victorian water market. VEWH has determined that this water is not..

A New Way Forward For Tourism In Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will look to find new ways to grow tourism and support regional Victoria, through a review into the regional tourism industry. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said tourism was one of regional Victoria’s most important industries, with..


The Andrews Labor Government is making Yarra Glen safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists with a package of improvements to the town’s main entrances set to get underway this month. Entrances to the Yarra Glen township will be upgraded, with new signage and pavement markings..

Carboor Hazelnut Farm Gets Cracking With Funding Boost

Australia’s largest hazelnut grower will soon be expanding production for domestic and export markets, with support from the Andrews Labor Government. Wangaratta-based Carboor Farms has received $200,000 through the Labor Government’s Food Source Victoria program for new equipment and facilities to dry, grade and crack..

Protecting Agricultural Land Around Melbourne

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to permanently tighten controls to better protect Melbourne’s green wedges against overdevelopment. Consultation is now open for communities, councils, farmers and agricultural industries around Melbourne’s green wedge and peri-urban areas to help identify and protect vital..


The Dederang Picnic Race Club’s premier race meeting has received a funding boost, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Labor Government is providing $13,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program to support..

Victoria’s Largest Gold Mine Just Keeps Growing

Fosterville Gold Mine, just east of Bendigo is set to expand thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government – creating 60 jobs during construction of a new cement plant and 30 new, ongoing, full time jobs. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes was at Fosterville..

Bendigo Showgrounds Set For Modern Upgrade

The historic Bendigo Showgrounds is set for major redevelopment with the Andrews Labor Government today announcing funding for a new Masterplan to be undertaken by Urban Enterprise. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes was in Bendigo today to announce a $50,000 grant from the Labor..

Support For Communities Affected By The Recent Bushfires

The Andrews Labor Government is standing with Victorians affected by fires across the state. More than 2,000 firefighters are still working to manage fires burning across the state, including in Bunyip, Yinnar South, Dargo, Licola and Cambarville in the Yarra catchment. Emergency Relief Assistance grants..