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$2.55 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS

Wednesday, 5 May 2021 Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes is encouraging environmental volunteers in Northern Victoria to apply for grants to support their work in protecting and restoring our land and natural environment. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio opened the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants, with $2.55 million in Victorian Government funding available to environmental volunteering groups. Landcare and other environmental volunteering groups can now apply for project grants of up to $30,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that help to improve the local environment for future generations. Support grants of up to $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs for Landcare and environmental volunteering across the state. This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), demonstrating the important environmental outcomes that can be achieved through collaboration between CMAs, environmental groups, local communities, and the government. The grants are part of the Victorian Government’s $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package, which is delivering funding for small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Victoria’s biodiversity and waterways. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 16 June 2021. For more information go to environment.vic.gov.au/grants/vlg Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The North East is home to some of Victoria’s best natural landscapes and habitat – I encourage all our dedicated volunteer groups and networks to apply for a grant.” “Volunteers are invaluable, and these grants will allow them to continue to make a significant difference at a grassroots level.”

$2.55 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS

Wednesday, 5 May 2021 Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes is encouraging environmental volunteers in Northern Victoria to apply for grants to support their work in protecting and restoring our land and natural environment. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio opened the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants, with $2.55 million in Victorian Government funding available to environmental volunteering groups. Landcare and other environmental volunteering groups can now apply for project grants of up to $30,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that help to improve the local environment for future generations. Support grants of up to $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs for Landcare and environmental volunteering across the state. This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), demonstrating the important environmental outcomes that can be achieved through collaboration between CMAs, environmental groups, local communities, and the government. The grants are part of the Victorian Government’s $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package, which is delivering funding for small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Victoria’s biodiversity and waterways. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 16 June 2021. For more information go to environment.vic.gov.au/grants/vlg Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The North East is home to some of Victoria’s best natural landscapes and habitat – I encourage all our dedicated volunteer groups and networks to apply for a grant.” “Volunteers are invaluable, and these grants will allow them to continue to make a significant difference at a grassroots level.”

NEW VICTORIAN SOLICITOR – GENERAL APPOINTED

Display problems? View this email in your browser. 4th May 2021 The Victorian Government today announced the appointment of Rowena Orr QC as the next Solicitor-General, the state’s most senior legal adviser and advocate. Ms Orr has spent nearly 20 years as a barrister – a career that includes several impressive milestones, most notably her role as senior counsel assisting the Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry in 2018–19. She led a team of senior and junior counsel who conducted hearings across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory to examine and expose misconduct in the sector and its impact on the most vulnerable people in our community. Ms Orr signed the Bar Roll in 2002 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2014, before taking the title of Queen’s Counsel in 2015. She has regularly appeared in the High Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court and various tribunals on constitutional, criminal, commercial and administrative law matters. Prior to the Bar, Ms Orr was a senior solicitor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution, and associate to both former High Court justice Michael McHugh AC QC and former Queensland Chief Justice John Macrossan AC QC. Ms Orr has a Master of Philosophy (Criminology) from the University of Cambridge and holds degrees in law and economics from the University of Queensland. Ms Orr is currently chair of Australian Bar Association’s ethics committee, a member of the advisory panel to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry into Judicial Impartiality and chair of the public law section of the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association. Ms Orr is the third woman in history to be appointed Victorian Solicitor-General and replaces The Honourable Kristen Walker QC, who was recently appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal. Ms Orr will commence on 10 May. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes “Rowena Orr’s impressive career is testament to her tireless work ethic, relentless drive and dedication to justice – attributes that will serve her well as Victoria’s next Solicitor-General.”    “We’re privileged to have the benefit of Ms Orr’s breadth of experience and legal ability to advise and guide the Government on important matters.”   “I’d like to thank Kristen Walker for her measured counsel and frank advice to the Government during her time as Solicitor-General and wish her the best for the next chapter of her career on the Court of Appeal.” View this media release on premier.vic.gov.au | Unsubscribe

NEW VICTORIAN SOLICITOR – GENERAL APPOINTED

Display problems? View this email in your browser. 4th May 2021 The Victorian Government today announced the appointment of Rowena Orr QC as the next Solicitor-General, the state’s most senior legal adviser and advocate. Ms Orr has spent nearly 20 years as a barrister – a career that includes several impressive milestones, most notably her role as senior counsel assisting the Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry in 2018–19. She led a team of senior and junior counsel who conducted hearings across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory to examine and expose misconduct in the sector and its impact on the most vulnerable people in our community. Ms Orr signed the Bar Roll in 2002 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2014, before taking the title of Queen’s Counsel in 2015. She has regularly appeared in the High Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court and various tribunals on constitutional, criminal, commercial and administrative law matters. Prior to the Bar, Ms Orr was a senior solicitor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution, and associate to both former High Court justice Michael McHugh AC QC and former Queensland Chief Justice John Macrossan AC QC. Ms Orr has a Master of Philosophy (Criminology) from the University of Cambridge and holds degrees in law and economics from the University of Queensland. Ms Orr is currently chair of Australian Bar Association’s ethics committee, a member of the advisory panel to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry into Judicial Impartiality and chair of the public law section of the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association. Ms Orr is the third woman in history to be appointed Victorian Solicitor-General and replaces The Honourable Kristen Walker QC, who was recently appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal. Ms Orr will commence on 10 May. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes “Rowena Orr’s impressive career is testament to her tireless work ethic, relentless drive and dedication to justice – attributes that will serve her well as Victoria’s next Solicitor-General.”    “We’re privileged to have the benefit of Ms Orr’s breadth of experience and legal ability to advise and guide the Government on important matters.”   “I’d like to thank Kristen Walker for her measured counsel and frank advice to the Government during her time as Solicitor-General and wish her the best for the next chapter of her career on the Court of Appeal.” View this media release on premier.vic.gov.au | Unsubscribe

KICKING IN FOR COUNTRY FOOTY AND NETBALL IN NORTHERN VICTORIA

Monday, 3 May 2021 With regional football and netball back bigger and better than ever, the Victorian Government is proud to be kicking in $5 million to support clubs in Northern Victoria grow and sustain participation and help communities thrive through the Country Football and Netball Program. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced applications to the 2021-22 Country Football and Netball Program are now open to upgrade and develop facilities for football and netball clubs, so they can meet growing demand and welcome even more members. It’s a partnership with Netball Victoria, the AFL, and AFL Victoria to help netball and football clubs across the state, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live. Grants of up to $150,000 are available to deliver projects such as redeveloping and building new ovals and netball courts, installing sports lighting, and building new and redeveloped pavilions. There’s a focus on supporting communities who have recently experienced natural disasters or communities that are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, strong population growth or other economic challenges. Launched in 2005, the program has invested more than $30 million to more than 500 projects across the state. Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles. Applications from local Councils are now open and close on 22 June 2021. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding Round Two of the program will open in September 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Everyone deserves a fair go and that’s why we are supporting country football and netball clubs and the players, supporters and volunteers who make them strong.” “Regional clubs including those in the North East are a breeding ground for some of nation’s greatest champions. They deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.” “Better facilities allow clubs to take on more players, host more events and draw bigger crowds, creating a real buzz in the community and boosting local economies.” “I urge clubs in Northern Victoria to talk to their local shires and councils to kick start projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

KICKING IN FOR COUNTRY FOOTY AND NETBALL IN NORTHERN VICTORIA

Monday, 3 May 2021 With regional football and netball back bigger and better than ever, the Victorian Government is proud to be kicking in $5 million to support clubs in Northern Victoria grow and sustain participation and help communities thrive through the Country Football and Netball Program. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced applications to the 2021-22 Country Football and Netball Program are now open to upgrade and develop facilities for football and netball clubs, so they can meet growing demand and welcome even more members. It’s a partnership with Netball Victoria, the AFL, and AFL Victoria to help netball and football clubs across the state, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live. Grants of up to $150,000 are available to deliver projects such as redeveloping and building new ovals and netball courts, installing sports lighting, and building new and redeveloped pavilions. There’s a focus on supporting communities who have recently experienced natural disasters or communities that are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, strong population growth or other economic challenges. Launched in 2005, the program has invested more than $30 million to more than 500 projects across the state. Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles. Applications from local Councils are now open and close on 22 June 2021. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding Round Two of the program will open in September 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Everyone deserves a fair go and that’s why we are supporting country football and netball clubs and the players, supporters and volunteers who make them strong.” “Regional clubs including those in the North East are a breeding ground for some of nation’s greatest champions. They deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.” “Better facilities allow clubs to take on more players, host more events and draw bigger crowds, creating a real buzz in the community and boosting local economies.” “I urge clubs in Northern Victoria to talk to their local shires and councils to kick start projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Bonegilla Project Connects Community With Migrant Past

30th Apr 2021 Albury Wodonga is receiving a cultural tourism boost, with works advancing on the Bonegilla Migrant Experience to allow more visitors to connect with our country’s fascinating migrant history. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre to see redevelopment works at this nationally-significant destination, which has received a grant of $800,000 through the Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round. The Government-funded Bonegilla Identity Project will see the digitisation of a series of Bonegilla ID cards, part of 225,669 individual Bonegilla records and items held by the National Archives Australia. The upgrade will ensure the preservation of records for migrants who passed through Bonegilla after World War II. The project will also provide families, visitors, historians and students with access to this important piece of Australia’s history. Funding will also contribute to the design and installation of a permanent interactive exhibition, which will provide a curated interpretation of Australia’s post-war migration story. The Bonegilla Identity Project is expected to draw thousands of visitors to a destination that already welcomes more than 11,500 visitors annually. The $46 million Regional Tourism Investment Fund - Stimulus Round forms part of the Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan, which is underpinned by an investment of $633 million. For more information on the Regional Tourism Investment Fund - Stimulus Round and the Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan visit djpr.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas “We are proud to be funding a project of national significance that will allow future generations to learn about the history of the Bonegilla Migrant Centre and our nation’s migrant heritage, while creating more jobs in the region.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Bonegilla is a famous name in Australia, and an important part of our history. Both in the digital realm and in the flesh, the story of Bonegilla will come alive for new audiences with the aid of these important projects.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The people who went through Bonegilla shaped our history and culture as Victorians. This project is so important in recognising their impact, their struggles and their ultimate hope for a better life.”

Bonegilla Project Connects Community With Migrant Past

30th Apr 2021 Albury Wodonga is receiving a cultural tourism boost, with works advancing on the Bonegilla Migrant Experience to allow more visitors to connect with our country’s fascinating migrant history. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre to see redevelopment works at this nationally-significant destination, which has received a grant of $800,000 through the Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round. The Government-funded Bonegilla Identity Project will see the digitisation of a series of Bonegilla ID cards, part of 225,669 individual Bonegilla records and items held by the National Archives Australia. The upgrade will ensure the preservation of records for migrants who passed through Bonegilla after World War II. The project will also provide families, visitors, historians and students with access to this important piece of Australia’s history. Funding will also contribute to the design and installation of a permanent interactive exhibition, which will provide a curated interpretation of Australia’s post-war migration story. The Bonegilla Identity Project is expected to draw thousands of visitors to a destination that already welcomes more than 11,500 visitors annually. The $46 million Regional Tourism Investment Fund - Stimulus Round forms part of the Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan, which is underpinned by an investment of $633 million. For more information on the Regional Tourism Investment Fund - Stimulus Round and the Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan visit djpr.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas “We are proud to be funding a project of national significance that will allow future generations to learn about the history of the Bonegilla Migrant Centre and our nation’s migrant heritage, while creating more jobs in the region.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Bonegilla is a famous name in Australia, and an important part of our history. Both in the digital realm and in the flesh, the story of Bonegilla will come alive for new audiences with the aid of these important projects.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The people who went through Bonegilla shaped our history and culture as Victorians. This project is so important in recognising their impact, their struggles and their ultimate hope for a better life.”

 

Funding To Transform Mansfield Library

28th Apr 2021 The Mansfield library is set for a major transformation, including new dedicated children’s and quiet study spaces thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced Mansfield Shire Council will receive more than $540,000 from the 2021 round of the Labor Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. The funding will help expand the library to make room for collections, as well as create new entranceway and meeting rooms. The refurbishment will allow for expansion of community programs, events and classes, including popular children’s story times, the University of the Third Age classes and other community groups. Since 2015 the Labor Government has invested more than $32.5 million into 95 Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $236.8 million for new libraries, upgrades to existing facilities and library vans. The 2021 round of the program is the biggest in its history, part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/2021. Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches, 31 mobile library services and 71 other library outlets, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state. For more information on Living Libraries and this year’s successful applications visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Living Libraries program is making a real difference for communities across the state, delivering high-quality facilities and ensuring that all Victorians have access to a public library.” “Investments like this help create local jobs for tradies and ongoing library staff. We’re investing in communities and local neighbourhoods because we understand the difference projects like these can make.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “It’s great to see this investment for Mansfield, it’s going to transform our popular library and make it an even better place for everyone to enjoy.”

Funding To Transform Mansfield Library

28th Apr 2021 The Mansfield library is set for a major transformation, including new dedicated children’s and quiet study spaces thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced Mansfield Shire Council will receive more than $540,000 from the 2021 round of the Labor Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. The funding will help expand the library to make room for collections, as well as create new entranceway and meeting rooms. The refurbishment will allow for expansion of community programs, events and classes, including popular children’s story times, the University of the Third Age classes and other community groups. Since 2015 the Labor Government has invested more than $32.5 million into 95 Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $236.8 million for new libraries, upgrades to existing facilities and library vans. The 2021 round of the program is the biggest in its history, part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/2021. Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches, 31 mobile library services and 71 other library outlets, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state. For more information on Living Libraries and this year’s successful applications visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Living Libraries program is making a real difference for communities across the state, delivering high-quality facilities and ensuring that all Victorians have access to a public library.” “Investments like this help create local jobs for tradies and ongoing library staff. We’re investing in communities and local neighbourhoods because we understand the difference projects like these can make.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “It’s great to see this investment for Mansfield, it’s going to transform our popular library and make it an even better place for everyone to enjoy.”

New Plan promises To Unlock Potential Of Lake Eildon

28th Apr 2021 A new Great Lake Touring Route, iconic walking trails, fine dining and more accommodation options are part of a new plan to take Lake Eildon to the next level as a tourist destination. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas joined representatives from Mansfield and Murrindindi shire councils, Goulburn Murray Water and Tourism North East today to launch the Lake Eildon Masterplan. The plan, supported by $150,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, has identified four “game-changers” for Lake Eildon that have the potential to unlock significant investment in tourism and enable Lake Eildon to become one of Victoria’s premier destinations. The four key areas of focus are resort-style accommodation, the development of various nature-based precincts, a skyline touring route, and investment in sewage infrastructure to increase the region’s appeal for investors and improve the local environmental. Lake Eildon is already one of Victoria’s most recognisable and popular recreational lakes. The projects identified in the masterplan have potential to increase the region’s visitor economy by $470 million over the next 10 years, creating an additional 2,500 jobs in the region. A further six priority projects and 23 secondary projects have been identified that could have significant impacts on Lake Eildon’s economy. The Labor Government is already taking steps to realise the benefits of the masterplan, recently announcing $1.77 million towards the Blue Gums to Eildon Rail Trail through the Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round. The Government is working with representatives from a range of organisations responsible for Lake Eildon to provide leadership for the region and drive long-term delivery of the plan, which is part of the Goulburn Regional Partnership Outcomes Roadmap. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas “Lake Eildon will soon be known for much more than its serenity – this plan is an opportunity to implement an exciting shared vision, creating thousands of new jobs.” Quote attribute to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “The projects in this masterplan have the potential to unlock significant tourism investment at Lake Eildon, attracting a wide range of visitors from across Australia.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Many people already know that Eildon is an amazing part of Victoria and with new investment to capitalise on its natural assets, that number will grow significantly.”

New Plan promises To Unlock Potential Of Lake Eildon

28th Apr 2021 A new Great Lake Touring Route, iconic walking trails, fine dining and more accommodation options are part of a new plan to take Lake Eildon to the next level as a tourist destination. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas joined representatives from Mansfield and Murrindindi shire councils, Goulburn Murray Water and Tourism North East today to launch the Lake Eildon Masterplan. The plan, supported by $150,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, has identified four “game-changers” for Lake Eildon that have the potential to unlock significant investment in tourism and enable Lake Eildon to become one of Victoria’s premier destinations. The four key areas of focus are resort-style accommodation, the development of various nature-based precincts, a skyline touring route, and investment in sewage infrastructure to increase the region’s appeal for investors and improve the local environmental. Lake Eildon is already one of Victoria’s most recognisable and popular recreational lakes. The projects identified in the masterplan have potential to increase the region’s visitor economy by $470 million over the next 10 years, creating an additional 2,500 jobs in the region. A further six priority projects and 23 secondary projects have been identified that could have significant impacts on Lake Eildon’s economy. The Labor Government is already taking steps to realise the benefits of the masterplan, recently announcing $1.77 million towards the Blue Gums to Eildon Rail Trail through the Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round. The Government is working with representatives from a range of organisations responsible for Lake Eildon to provide leadership for the region and drive long-term delivery of the plan, which is part of the Goulburn Regional Partnership Outcomes Roadmap. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas “Lake Eildon will soon be known for much more than its serenity – this plan is an opportunity to implement an exciting shared vision, creating thousands of new jobs.” Quote attribute to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “The projects in this masterplan have the potential to unlock significant tourism investment at Lake Eildon, attracting a wide range of visitors from across Australia.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Many people already know that Eildon is an amazing part of Victoria and with new investment to capitalise on its natural assets, that number will grow significantly.”

UPGRADED CLASSROOMS AND FACILITIES FOR BEECHWORTH SECONDARY COLLEGE

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 Beechworth students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes MP, today visited Beechworth Secondary College to open its $9.384 million upgrade, which includes a new science and resource centre, that comprises of two laboratories, learning spaces, common areas, seminar rooms and staff rooms. The Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion across the state to deliver more than 1,600 school upgrades, supporting over 10,000 construction jobs for Victorians. A total of 100 new schools will open by 2026 under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the Government having already appointed builders to start delivering 14 new schools that will open in 2021. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Every child deserves the chance to succeed at school, no matter what they want to be in life. I’m really proud to have seen this project come to life – I know just how much it’ll mean to the Beechworth community.” “These new facilities will keep kids engaged, curious and prepared for the jobs of the future – right here in country Victoria.”      

UPGRADED CLASSROOMS AND FACILITIES FOR BEECHWORTH SECONDARY COLLEGE

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 Beechworth students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes MP, today visited Beechworth Secondary College to open its $9.384 million upgrade, which includes a new science and resource centre, that comprises of two laboratories, learning spaces, common areas, seminar rooms and staff rooms. The Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion across the state to deliver more than 1,600 school upgrades, supporting over 10,000 construction jobs for Victorians. A total of 100 new schools will open by 2026 under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the Government having already appointed builders to start delivering 14 new schools that will open in 2021. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Every child deserves the chance to succeed at school, no matter what they want to be in life. I’m really proud to have seen this project come to life – I know just how much it’ll mean to the Beechworth community.” “These new facilities will keep kids engaged, curious and prepared for the jobs of the future – right here in country Victoria.”      

WORK GETTING SET TO START ON MYRTLEFORD P-12 COLLEGE UPGRADE

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 Students at Myrtleford P-12 College are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that Jovaras Westland Partnership Pty Ltd has been appointed to design the school’s $9,430,000 upgrade. The project aims to modernise the school and the architects will work with school leaders to ensure the upgrade helps achieve their educational goals and that improvements are targeted where it is needed most. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “It’s exciting to visit Myrtleford P-12 and hear first-hand the school leadership teams’ vision for their upgrade – with North-East based architects on hand to make it a reality.” “Myrtleford families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids deserve to thrive – keeping kids engaged, curious and excited about the jobs of the future.”    

WORK GETTING SET TO START ON MYRTLEFORD P-12 COLLEGE UPGRADE

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 Students at Myrtleford P-12 College are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that Jovaras Westland Partnership Pty Ltd has been appointed to design the school’s $9,430,000 upgrade. The project aims to modernise the school and the architects will work with school leaders to ensure the upgrade helps achieve their educational goals and that improvements are targeted where it is needed most. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “It’s exciting to visit Myrtleford P-12 and hear first-hand the school leadership teams’ vision for their upgrade – with North-East based architects on hand to make it a reality.” “Myrtleford families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids deserve to thrive – keeping kids engaged, curious and excited about the jobs of the future.”