The Andrews Labor Government will revitalise Seymour to become an economic and tourism hub with close to $1million in funding.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today joined the Labor Candidate for Euroa, Fionna Deppeler-Morton, to announce that the Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of revitalising Seymour with funding for local upgrades and improvements, as well as investment mapping and business cases, to ensure Seymour is well placed for exciting development opportunities and investment.

Ms Symes has recognised Seymour’s enormous potential for business and employment growth and has dedicated the past several years working with local businesses, Mitchell Shire, community groups and Government departments on how best to capitalise on the opportunities. 

Firstly $300,000 in funding will kick start the Andrews Labor Government’s new Seymour Revitalisation Initiative (SRI), which will see a whole of Government approach to unlocking the potential, addressing barriers and ensuring Seymour is best placed to attract greater investment.

The SRI will include investment logic mapping and the creation of a business case to guide public and private investment to support business growth, tourism activation and employment opportunities in Seymour.  

Ms Symes further announced a $500,000 infrastructure package to make improvements to some of Seymour’s most utilised community facilities, with works shortly to start on upgrades to Kings Park, Goulburn Park, and Chittick Park.

The projects include a refurbishment of the change room facilities, toilets and kitchen in the main pavilion at Kings Park and replacing the lighting in the neighbouring green exhibition building. 

Goulburn Park will receive upgrades to the toilets, playground and landscaping, to further enhance the installation of the new fishing platform on the river. 

Chittick Park will see landscaping and amenity improvements and the creation of a new space for youth activities, including a basketball half-court, as well as the installation of reverse cycle air-conditioning units in the stadium, benefiting the many sporting teams and supporting the use of the space as a ‘safer place’ for community gatherings, particularly in times of natural disaster or extreme weather events. 

Also announced today is $50,000 for a feasibility study to progress linking Seymour to Tallarook as part of the Great Victorian Rail Trail.

Labor is further supporting the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre by funding their “Getting Seymour Business Back on Track” project, with $47,000, they aim to capitalise on Seymour’s rich rail history and gems of the region with a networking event in early 2019 bringing together local businesses with prospective purchasers of local tourism, food and wine products and services.

“I represent almost half of Victoria as an Upper House MP, but I have always recognised the amazing potential for Seymour to really thrive, which is why I made it a priority for my office,” Ms Symes said.

“Fionna Deppeler-Morton has spent 18 months on this project, she has worked through the community’s priorities and has made this happen, I’m so excited to see it come to fruition.

“The Andrews Labor Government is making the investment and doing the necessary strategic work so the community will benefit now and into the future.

“Partnership and collaboration are crucial to the revitalisation of Seymour, and the creation of the Seymour Revitalisation Initiative means we can work with all the key players to really get Seymour rocking.”

Ms Deppeler-Morton welcomed the Government funding.

“This is a significant investment recognising all that is wonderful about Seymour and planning for a bright future.”

“I love Seymour, I love the Goulburn River, it’s fantastic that this investment is going to deliver even better outdoor spaces, I want local families to have the best facilities and for visitors to recognise how fantastic Seymour is.

“In the past four years Labor has invested millions towards the things that matter most to locals, including Seymour College, Seymour Health, Barrabill House, GoTAFE, sporting and community facilities, the Seymour Revitalisation Initiative will take this to the next level. ”