Archives for May, 2019

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More Support For Northern Dairy Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is providing more support to help farmers in Northern Victoria manage the effects of dry seasonal conditions and secure their long-term future. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced an additional $2.7 million in support for northern dairy farmers who continue..

Water Market Improvements For Northern Irrigators

Significant changes to the way water is managed in Northern Victoria have been flagged today in a bid to support struggling irrigators and dairy farmers facing dry conditions and high prices for water and fodder. Minister for Water Lisa Neville and Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn..


The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Northern Victoria, with major investments in our community, health, local schools, roads and sporting clubs in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools..


Wodonga school students will have brighter smiles and hard-working local families will avoid hefty dental bills, thanks to free dental care being rolled out at all public primary and secondary schools. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 provides $321.9 million for the Andrews Labor Government’s free dental..


Chiltern’s netball courts have been transformed, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today officially opened Chiltern’s two new netball courts, made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Country Football and Netball Program…

Connecting Morwell With High-Speed Broadband

Morwell businesses and residents will get access to high-speed broadband up to 10 times faster than currently available as part the Andrews Labor Government’s push to improve digital connectivity across regional Victoria. The $1.1 million grant awarded to Spirit Telecom will provide a high-speed, fixed-wireless..

Unemployment In Victorian Regions At All-Time Low

Victoria’s regional unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest mark on record and at just 4.2 per cent, remains the lowest of all the states. Regional unemployment fell by 0.2 points in the three months to April, and has plunged 2.4 percentage points since the..


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..