Archives for March, 2020

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Better Weather Data To Give Farmers More Certainty

Farmers across the Wimmera and Southern Mallee can now make vital management decisions with more confidence, as the new Rainbow weather radar begins to transmit real-time data across the region. The new Doppler radar fills a gap in the radar network, giving farmers more accurate..

Backing The Science, Protecting Farmers And Boosting Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government is backing the science to create jobs and bolster energy supply with new legislation to lift the moratorium on onshore gas exploration and production, and ban fracking for good. The Labor Government will introduce two Bills today. The first will enshrine..

Knowledge Is Power For Drought-Affected Farmers

Victorian farming communities impacted by drought and dry seasonal conditions will have more access to the information and expertise they need, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. The $650,000 Farming and Community Group Drought Funding program, which is now open, provides grants of up to..

Road-Train Network Extended For Drought Relief

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier and safer to deliver grain and hay to drought-affected communities across Australia. Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford announced the temporary extension of Victoria’s road-train network to include a southbound route between Charlton..

Forrest Mountain Bike Trail On Track With Funding Boost

Mountain bike enthusiasts will soon have new tracks and trails in Forrest thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government that will rejuvenate existing tracks and establish new world-class tracks. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes was in Forrest today to announce $500,000 for the..

Activating Timboon Town Centre With Funding Grant

Timboon will have a new and improved town centre thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government that will improve traffic flow, functionality and accessibility of the south west Victorian town. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes was in Timboon this morning to announce $300,000..

Garvoc Community Wins Big With Backing For New Hub

The Garvoc community is celebrating today, with funding flowing from the Andrews Labor Government towards a new hub that will be a vital local meeting place and focal point of the town. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes announced that Garvoc Hall would receive $400,000..

Gas Storage Brings Jobs And Energy Security

The Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Gas Program has identified additional potential underground gas storage sites that can deliver benefits such as creating jobs, mitigating short-term price peaks and protecting the state from supply interruptions. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes visited the Iona Gas Plant in Port Campbell today to meet with workers and see first-hand the innovative underground..

Making Digital Connections Across The Great South Coast

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering better digital connections across the Great South Coast with funding announced today to improve infrastructure, connectivity and coverage across the region. The new strategy is a direct response to recommendations of the Great South Coast Regional Partnership which identified..

New Wallan GOTAFE Campus Up And Running

Students in Wallan and surrounding areas now have a TAFE campus to call their own. Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney today opened GOTAFE’s brand new Wallan Campus, where courses commence this month. The High Street campus will give..

Backing Red Meat Producers With Targeted Business Support

Red meat producers hit by the bushfires can now access free one-on-one support from a local farm management consultant thanks to a partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). The ‘Back to Business’ initiative, which is being co-ordinated by Agriculture..

More Support For Mental Health And Wellbeing After Bushfires

People struggling with their mental health after the state’s devastating bushfires will get more immediate and long-term support during the recovery under a $23.4 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley announced the funding package in Corryong today, which..

Tracing Local Oranges Back To Their Roots

Victoria’s $162 million citrus export industry will be strengthened by a new program backed by the Andrews Labor Government to encourage better traceability in fruit supply chains. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced Citrus Australia will head the new traceability program with partnership support of..

Young Farmers Shaping The Future Of Agriculture

Young farmers are again being invited to help shape the future of Victoria’s vibrant agriculture sector, with applications now open to join the Young Farmers Advisory Council. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes encouraged young people from all agricultural industries to apply. The council is seeking..


The Seymour community now has access to new toilet facilities and other amenities at Kings Park, thanks to $600,000 in funding from the Victorian Government. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today helped open the upgraded amenities at Kings Park Pavilion, part of the $780,000..

Kicking In For Towong At Time-Honoured Cup Meet

The 149th running of the Towong Cup on Saturday will be a celebration for the community as it recovers from the summer bushfires that raged in the Upper Murray. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced that the Andrews Labor Government was backing the Towong..

Gold Standard Growth For Mining In Victoria

Spending on minerals exploration in Victoria is at its highest level since records began, with new data showing growth reaching $34.7 million. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) statistics show exploration spending growth is now almost seven times more than when the Andrews Labor Government..

Tapping Into Local Hops Production

One of the oldest hop producers in the world will double the size of its production in regional Victoria, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes said the funding would help Hop Products Australia to build a new..