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FUNDING FOR DINNER PLAIN SNOW MAKING

Tuesday, 15th June 2021. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $3,000,000 funding for the Gateway to Alpine Adventure – Dinner Plain Snowmaking project, under the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. The project is among a suite of successful initiatives as part of this year’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. This project will see the installation of new snowmaking infrastructure at Dinner Plain that will enable consistent snow levels to be maintained during periods of low snow fall, creating a predictable and extended snow play season from mid-June to late-September. This will significantly boost the local Dinner Plain economy, enhance the liveability for residents and visitors and strengthen the resilience of the community.   The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and support councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need. The stimulus round aims to revitalise local economies while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic by creating more jobs now, while improving tourism and community infrastructure. The Fund is key to the Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Andrews Labor Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever. The second round of the Fund’s 2020/21 program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants. Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to ensuring our region has the support they need to move beyond last year’s challenges and thrive into the future, helping to make it an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.” “This project will mean even more to locals in the future and we are working hard now to deliver improved facilities and provide the much-needed economic boost our state needs.”  

FUNDING FOR DINNER PLAIN SNOW MAKING

Tuesday, 15th June 2021. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $3,000,000 funding for the Gateway to Alpine Adventure – Dinner Plain Snowmaking project, under the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. The project is among a suite of successful initiatives as part of this year’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. This project will see the installation of new snowmaking infrastructure at Dinner Plain that will enable consistent snow levels to be maintained during periods of low snow fall, creating a predictable and extended snow play season from mid-June to late-September. This will significantly boost the local Dinner Plain economy, enhance the liveability for residents and visitors and strengthen the resilience of the community.   The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and support councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need. The stimulus round aims to revitalise local economies while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic by creating more jobs now, while improving tourism and community infrastructure. The Fund is key to the Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Andrews Labor Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever. The second round of the Fund’s 2020/21 program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants. Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to ensuring our region has the support they need to move beyond last year’s challenges and thrive into the future, helping to make it an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.” “This project will mean even more to locals in the future and we are working hard now to deliver improved facilities and provide the much-needed economic boost our state needs.”  

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CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR PEOPLE IN NORTH EAST VICTORIA

Thursday, 20 May 2021 The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a long-term plan that will create jobs and give people in north east Victoria the care they need as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic. In total, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 new jobs each and every year over the next four years – with thousands of them in rural and regional Victoria. That includes the Labor Government’s once-in-a-generation $3.8 billion reform to build a new mental health system from the ground up. Right now, too many people in the north east have to travel away from their families and communities for care.  This Budget will transform the way support is offered in regional Victoria – with more care in regional communities, more early intervention, more focus on wellbeing and prevention, and a new dedicated system for our kids. That includes delivering the first 20 of between 50 and 60 new local services, providing a ‘front door’ for care embedded in communities – including our first fast-tracked sites in Benalla, as well as Greater Geelong and the Latrobe Valley. We are investing $17.4 million in sub-regional follow-up care in Echuca, Wangaratta and across the state. Not only will we be building the mental health system Victoria needs – we’ll also be supporting around 3,000 jobs. From nurses, to doctors, allied health and support staff, these new roles will make sure Victorians get the support they need, while also giving thousands more Victorians the security of a job. This year’s Budget includes $1.2 billion to protect our children and help keep vulnerable families together. This investment will deliver 246 new child protection practitioners, more support for our carers and bring family services into schools, early childhood education and community health hubs to identify at-risk families early. As well as improving the lives of Victorian children and families, this funding will also support around 1,000 jobs across our state. Community safety is key, which is why the Andrews Labor Government is delivering a new $28.84 million police station for Benalla. This significant investment will provide local police officers with the modern, safe and secure station they need to work from while protecting the community. We’re investing in the services that matter to Victorians. That’s why we’re backing the Hume Riverina Community Legal Centre’s Health Justice Partnership with Upper Murray Family Care to support young people at risk. This year’s Budget delivers on our promise to introduce kinder for every three-year-old child. Having begun its rollout out in select regional communities first – including Strathbogie Shire – $167 million will see this support delivered across regional Victoria, reaching every local government area for the very first time. Offering at least five funded hours a week from next year, the program will be scaled up to deliver 15 hours a week for families by 2029. It's not just great news for kids – families will save $1150 on average, while an extra 6000 roles for qualified early childhood teachers and educators will also be created. Since we came to government, our big infrastructure build has delivered the road, rail, schools and hospitals Victorians need – supporting 177,000 jobs. This year’s Budget continues that work, with $986 million to build 25 new X'Trapolis 2.0 trains, supporting 750 jobs. Major works will be done in Ballarat, supporting jobs in manufacturing and supply chains across our state. We know how important our waterways are and the role they play in protecting our native water species, which is why this Budget invests in restoration of waterways and catchments in North East Victoria, including the headwaters of the Mitta Mitta River. Local clubs like the Albury and Wodonga Motorcycle Club are the heart and soul of our community. The Budget is backing their future with $105,000 for an irrigation watering system to cover all the tracks at the Club. We’ll keep investing in our kids’ future with $3.5 billion in education, including $148.2 million to establish the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, furthering our teachers’ professional development. This includes a new regional academy in Shepparton – one of seven new regional academies across the state. We’re providing $1.6 billion to continue our massive school building blitz that is expected to support around 3,500 jobs – investing in local kids and backing local workers. Mount Beauty is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget – including 17 in regional Victoria – with $2.32 million to upgrade and modernise Block C. Not only will this give our students new classrooms and learning spaces, it'll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs. This Budget invests $277 million to put student mental health, health and wellbeing at the centre of our school communities. That includes $200 million for a new School Mental Health Fund – rolling out in regional Victoria first and enabling schools to introduce new support and programs, based on the needs of their kids. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will be expanded to include 100 schools, putting a Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator in every participating primary school and supporting 100 jobs. And because we want to make sure Victorians have the right skills to be ready for these jobs, we’re investing $384 million in our skills sector, including 12,200 extra subsidised training places in our TAFE and training system. This includes $86 million to establish the brand-new Victorian Skills Authority, a new anchor organisation that will drive reform of our skills sector and help support more Victorians find work. Financial advice and services are more important than ever for Victorians doing it tough, which is why this Labor Government is delivering $5.8 million for the Rural Financial Counselling Service – offering free and impartial advice to farming and related small businesses suffering financial hardship. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, this Budget delivers $7.1 billion to continue supporting our hospitals and healthcare system. This includes a further $1.3 billion to continue our public health response to COVID-19. Older Victorians deserve the best care, in a comfortable and supportive environment that feels like home and that’s what this Budget will deliver with the new Glenview Community Care Nursing Home in Rutherglen. Some $129 million in regional development and agriculture investments will deliver local solutions to local problems, and advance a 10-year plan to strengthen agriculture in Victoria and the 77,000 jobs that it supports. Victoria has built a reputation across the globe for high-quality produce – the Budget will further boost our standing by investing $11.7 million to strengthen agriculture traceability systems and protect Victorian jobs. The Budget also invests $6.4 million for the Victorian Fruit Fly Strategy, which will be released next month, and $19.9 million to fast-track the agriculture sector’s response to climate change. We know how important it is to provide practical support measures which help local residents and communities as they continue to recover and rebuild after bushfires – which is why this Budget is continuing its investment bushfire recovery financial wellbeing services for Towong. Regional Partnerships continue to play a critical role in helping develop opportunities and overcome challenges in our local communities. An investment of $5.1 million will further strengthen Regional Partnerships so they can continue to elevate regional voices, insights and issues. Since its establishment in 1986, the Victorian Rural Women’s Network has supported women who are finding new and innovative ways to grow and improve their communities. This year, we are providing $1.4 million to continue the network’s important work. Across our investments, this Budget supports an average of 38,000 new jobs every year over the next four years. More than numbers on a page, that means 38,000 new opportunities for Victorian workers. And with it, certainty and security for tens of thousands of Victorian families. That means not only will our investments deliver the support and services our state needs, we’ll be getting Victorians back to work to make it happen. With this Budget, we’re creating jobs and caring for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This is a Budget that cares, and delivers, for the North East – investing in the support, services and infrastructure our country towns need.” “This Budget invests in local mental health services, more beds and better preventative care across the North East – because mental illness touches every community, in every corner of our state.”    

CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR PEOPLE IN NORTH EAST VICTORIA

Thursday, 20 May 2021 The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a long-term plan that will create jobs and give people in north east Victoria the care they need as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic. In total, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 new jobs each and every year over the next four years – with thousands of them in rural and regional Victoria. That includes the Labor Government’s once-in-a-generation $3.8 billion reform to build a new mental health system from the ground up. Right now, too many people in the north east have to travel away from their families and communities for care.  This Budget will transform the way support is offered in regional Victoria – with more care in regional communities, more early intervention, more focus on wellbeing and prevention, and a new dedicated system for our kids. That includes delivering the first 20 of between 50 and 60 new local services, providing a ‘front door’ for care embedded in communities – including our first fast-tracked sites in Benalla, as well as Greater Geelong and the Latrobe Valley. We are investing $17.4 million in sub-regional follow-up care in Echuca, Wangaratta and across the state. Not only will we be building the mental health system Victoria needs – we’ll also be supporting around 3,000 jobs. From nurses, to doctors, allied health and support staff, these new roles will make sure Victorians get the support they need, while also giving thousands more Victorians the security of a job. This year’s Budget includes $1.2 billion to protect our children and help keep vulnerable families together. This investment will deliver 246 new child protection practitioners, more support for our carers and bring family services into schools, early childhood education and community health hubs to identify at-risk families early. As well as improving the lives of Victorian children and families, this funding will also support around 1,000 jobs across our state. Community safety is key, which is why the Andrews Labor Government is delivering a new $28.84 million police station for Benalla. This significant investment will provide local police officers with the modern, safe and secure station they need to work from while protecting the community. We’re investing in the services that matter to Victorians. That’s why we’re backing the Hume Riverina Community Legal Centre’s Health Justice Partnership with Upper Murray Family Care to support young people at risk. This year’s Budget delivers on our promise to introduce kinder for every three-year-old child. Having begun its rollout out in select regional communities first – including Strathbogie Shire – $167 million will see this support delivered across regional Victoria, reaching every local government area for the very first time. Offering at least five funded hours a week from next year, the program will be scaled up to deliver 15 hours a week for families by 2029. It's not just great news for kids – families will save $1150 on average, while an extra 6000 roles for qualified early childhood teachers and educators will also be created. Since we came to government, our big infrastructure build has delivered the road, rail, schools and hospitals Victorians need – supporting 177,000 jobs. This year’s Budget continues that work, with $986 million to build 25 new X'Trapolis 2.0 trains, supporting 750 jobs. Major works will be done in Ballarat, supporting jobs in manufacturing and supply chains across our state. We know how important our waterways are and the role they play in protecting our native water species, which is why this Budget invests in restoration of waterways and catchments in North East Victoria, including the headwaters of the Mitta Mitta River. Local clubs like the Albury and Wodonga Motorcycle Club are the heart and soul of our community. The Budget is backing their future with $105,000 for an irrigation watering system to cover all the tracks at the Club. We’ll keep investing in our kids’ future with $3.5 billion in education, including $148.2 million to establish the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, furthering our teachers’ professional development. This includes a new regional academy in Shepparton – one of seven new regional academies across the state. We’re providing $1.6 billion to continue our massive school building blitz that is expected to support around 3,500 jobs – investing in local kids and backing local workers. Mount Beauty is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget – including 17 in regional Victoria – with $2.32 million to upgrade and modernise Block C. Not only will this give our students new classrooms and learning spaces, it'll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs. This Budget invests $277 million to put student mental health, health and wellbeing at the centre of our school communities. That includes $200 million for a new School Mental Health Fund – rolling out in regional Victoria first and enabling schools to introduce new support and programs, based on the needs of their kids. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will be expanded to include 100 schools, putting a Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator in every participating primary school and supporting 100 jobs. And because we want to make sure Victorians have the right skills to be ready for these jobs, we’re investing $384 million in our skills sector, including 12,200 extra subsidised training places in our TAFE and training system. This includes $86 million to establish the brand-new Victorian Skills Authority, a new anchor organisation that will drive reform of our skills sector and help support more Victorians find work. Financial advice and services are more important than ever for Victorians doing it tough, which is why this Labor Government is delivering $5.8 million for the Rural Financial Counselling Service – offering free and impartial advice to farming and related small businesses suffering financial hardship. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, this Budget delivers $7.1 billion to continue supporting our hospitals and healthcare system. This includes a further $1.3 billion to continue our public health response to COVID-19. Older Victorians deserve the best care, in a comfortable and supportive environment that feels like home and that’s what this Budget will deliver with the new Glenview Community Care Nursing Home in Rutherglen. Some $129 million in regional development and agriculture investments will deliver local solutions to local problems, and advance a 10-year plan to strengthen agriculture in Victoria and the 77,000 jobs that it supports. Victoria has built a reputation across the globe for high-quality produce – the Budget will further boost our standing by investing $11.7 million to strengthen agriculture traceability systems and protect Victorian jobs. The Budget also invests $6.4 million for the Victorian Fruit Fly Strategy, which will be released next month, and $19.9 million to fast-track the agriculture sector’s response to climate change. We know how important it is to provide practical support measures which help local residents and communities as they continue to recover and rebuild after bushfires – which is why this Budget is continuing its investment bushfire recovery financial wellbeing services for Towong. Regional Partnerships continue to play a critical role in helping develop opportunities and overcome challenges in our local communities. An investment of $5.1 million will further strengthen Regional Partnerships so they can continue to elevate regional voices, insights and issues. Since its establishment in 1986, the Victorian Rural Women’s Network has supported women who are finding new and innovative ways to grow and improve their communities. This year, we are providing $1.4 million to continue the network’s important work. Across our investments, this Budget supports an average of 38,000 new jobs every year over the next four years. More than numbers on a page, that means 38,000 new opportunities for Victorian workers. And with it, certainty and security for tens of thousands of Victorian families. That means not only will our investments deliver the support and services our state needs, we’ll be getting Victorians back to work to make it happen. With this Budget, we’re creating jobs and caring for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This is a Budget that cares, and delivers, for the North East – investing in the support, services and infrastructure our country towns need.” “This Budget invests in local mental health services, more beds and better preventative care across the North East – because mental illness touches every community, in every corner of our state.”    

 

FAIRER. MORE RESPONSIVE JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTORIANS

20th May 2021 Reducing court delays, more support for victims and restoring community confidence in the criminal justice system lead the Andrews Labor Government’s investments to build a safer and fairer Victoria. The Victorian 2021/22 Budget will invest more than $700 million to strengthen our justice, legal and court systems. This includes an expansion of our family violence court network, enhancing online services and a new fast‑track model for victims of wage theft. Victoria’s courts will receive more than $210 million for measures aimed at increasing efficiency and clearing case backlogs, caused by the pandemic as court services were suspended or reduced to keep the community safe. This funding will boost online services in the Magistrates’ Court and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and provide additional judicial resources for the County Court, new court support staff, and remote‑hearing services so matters can be heard more quickly. It also includes a $55.3 million package to support Victoria’s justice agencies to provide better support to courts and the community, dealing with growing demand and backlogs in the court system – including Victoria Legal Aid, Victoria Police, the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP), Corrections Victoria and victim services. This investment will ensure a more responsive justice system for Victorians – and it will create more than a thousand new positions, providing more jobs for Victorians. Victim survivors of family violence will receive better support while perpetrators will be held to account with $78 million to expand the network of specialist family violence courts to include Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Geelong, Latrobe Valley, Melbourne, Ringwood and Sunshine. These courts are designed to make attending court a less confronting experience for victims, including children, with tailored services from specially trained court staff, in safer environments. A further $13.7 million will fund perpetrator intervention programs, programs to support women in prison, expanded legal services in the Orange Door Network and family violence training across the justice system. Delivering on the Labor Government’s promise to ensure wage theft cases are heard quickly, a new fast‑track model will be established in the Magistrates’ Court with $9.6 million, ensuring Victorian workers can get justice where employers haven’t held up their end of the bargain. The OPP will also receive $51.6 million to support its work prosecuting our most serious offenders, including specialist support for victims and witnesses, increased use of digital evidence and a strong focus on family violence. Support for young people in contact with the justice system will be boosted, with nearly $15 million going towards independent advocate and guardianship programs as well as establishing a disability advice and response team to support young people with a disability who have matters before the Children’s Court. Funding of $18.8 million will help support the implementation of the Royal Commission into Mental Health, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people in contact with or at risk of entering the criminal and youth justice systems. Programs aimed at preventing Aboriginal deaths in custody will receive $33.1 million in funding, including regional legal assistance to meet the needs of Aboriginal communities, after‑hours family violence support and expanded Aboriginal‑led diversion and residential programs. Vital legal assistance and critical early intervention support services, including support for community legal centres, legal aid and dispute resolution will receive $30.4 million, allowing them to continue their crucial frontline work. The important work of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine will be boosted with $93.1 million, to support its world-class forensic medical service, helping to ensure high quality evidence for court cases and criminal investigations – as well as a new MRI machine and funding for the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria. A $87.92 million investment will support implementing recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants – with a range of measures to restore confidence in the criminal justice system – including a Special Investigator and Implementation Monitor, together with investment in IBAC and the courts. Protections for young and vulnerable people will receive a $33.3 million boost to further support the Working with Children Check unit, and the NDIS worker screening unit that checks to confirm that existing or prospective NDIS workers do not pose a risk to people with disability. The Budget will invest $2.8 million to support the legal rights of LGBTIQ+ Victorians through funding for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to implement a civil response scheme to address harmful LGBTIQ+ change or suppression practices. Quotes attributable to Attorney‑General Jaclyn Symes “We’re investing where it’s needed to ensure our justice system is responsive and fair.” “Our investments provide targeted support for vulnerable Victorians while seeking to empower women, Aboriginal people, people with disability, older Victorians and children. Most importantly this budget will make sure all Victorians have access to justice.” “Every worker has the right to get a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, that’s why we are making it easier and faster for Victorian workers to get what is rightfully theirs.”

FAIRER. MORE RESPONSIVE JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTORIANS

20th May 2021 Reducing court delays, more support for victims and restoring community confidence in the criminal justice system lead the Andrews Labor Government’s investments to build a safer and fairer Victoria. The Victorian 2021/22 Budget will invest more than $700 million to strengthen our justice, legal and court systems. This includes an expansion of our family violence court network, enhancing online services and a new fast‑track model for victims of wage theft. Victoria’s courts will receive more than $210 million for measures aimed at increasing efficiency and clearing case backlogs, caused by the pandemic as court services were suspended or reduced to keep the community safe. This funding will boost online services in the Magistrates’ Court and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and provide additional judicial resources for the County Court, new court support staff, and remote‑hearing services so matters can be heard more quickly. It also includes a $55.3 million package to support Victoria’s justice agencies to provide better support to courts and the community, dealing with growing demand and backlogs in the court system – including Victoria Legal Aid, Victoria Police, the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP), Corrections Victoria and victim services. This investment will ensure a more responsive justice system for Victorians – and it will create more than a thousand new positions, providing more jobs for Victorians. Victim survivors of family violence will receive better support while perpetrators will be held to account with $78 million to expand the network of specialist family violence courts to include Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Geelong, Latrobe Valley, Melbourne, Ringwood and Sunshine. These courts are designed to make attending court a less confronting experience for victims, including children, with tailored services from specially trained court staff, in safer environments. A further $13.7 million will fund perpetrator intervention programs, programs to support women in prison, expanded legal services in the Orange Door Network and family violence training across the justice system. Delivering on the Labor Government’s promise to ensure wage theft cases are heard quickly, a new fast‑track model will be established in the Magistrates’ Court with $9.6 million, ensuring Victorian workers can get justice where employers haven’t held up their end of the bargain. The OPP will also receive $51.6 million to support its work prosecuting our most serious offenders, including specialist support for victims and witnesses, increased use of digital evidence and a strong focus on family violence. Support for young people in contact with the justice system will be boosted, with nearly $15 million going towards independent advocate and guardianship programs as well as establishing a disability advice and response team to support young people with a disability who have matters before the Children’s Court. Funding of $18.8 million will help support the implementation of the Royal Commission into Mental Health, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people in contact with or at risk of entering the criminal and youth justice systems. Programs aimed at preventing Aboriginal deaths in custody will receive $33.1 million in funding, including regional legal assistance to meet the needs of Aboriginal communities, after‑hours family violence support and expanded Aboriginal‑led diversion and residential programs. Vital legal assistance and critical early intervention support services, including support for community legal centres, legal aid and dispute resolution will receive $30.4 million, allowing them to continue their crucial frontline work. The important work of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine will be boosted with $93.1 million, to support its world-class forensic medical service, helping to ensure high quality evidence for court cases and criminal investigations – as well as a new MRI machine and funding for the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria. A $87.92 million investment will support implementing recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants – with a range of measures to restore confidence in the criminal justice system – including a Special Investigator and Implementation Monitor, together with investment in IBAC and the courts. Protections for young and vulnerable people will receive a $33.3 million boost to further support the Working with Children Check unit, and the NDIS worker screening unit that checks to confirm that existing or prospective NDIS workers do not pose a risk to people with disability. The Budget will invest $2.8 million to support the legal rights of LGBTIQ+ Victorians through funding for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to implement a civil response scheme to address harmful LGBTIQ+ change or suppression practices. Quotes attributable to Attorney‑General Jaclyn Symes “We’re investing where it’s needed to ensure our justice system is responsive and fair.” “Our investments provide targeted support for vulnerable Victorians while seeking to empower women, Aboriginal people, people with disability, older Victorians and children. Most importantly this budget will make sure all Victorians have access to justice.” “Every worker has the right to get a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, that’s why we are making it easier and faster for Victorian workers to get what is rightfully theirs.”

MORE SUPPORT TO CEMENT VICTORIA’S RESOURCES BOOM.

20th May 2021 Victoria’s minerals, quarry and gas sectors will be supported to keep the Andrews Labor Government’s record infrastructure agenda booming with essential materials for housing, hospitals and schools around the state. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 is providing $35.7 million to ensure our minerals, quarry and gas sectors continue to grow and meet the demand that everyday Victorians rely on. This investment will also back more than 7,000 Victorians employed in the sector’s growing workforces, as well as the thousands of jobs the sector supports in construction. The Labor Government’s unprecedented infrastructure investment is dependent on local rock, sand and gravel, which is driving demand for regulatory approvals and industry support to ensure a pipeline of new and expanding quarries. Funding of $10.6 million will help Earth Resources Regulation – Victoria’s earth resource regulator – deliver timely regulatory approvals and improve key processes for industry and businesses. A further $6.9 million will deliver work to ensure new quarries can be developed where resources are needed while ensuring land around them is not compromised, providing transparency for communities and protecting the surrounding environment. Expert geoscience, supported by the Labor Government, has underpinned the growth in gold production and minerals exploration. The Geological Survey of Victoria will be further supported with $13.4 million to continue attracting new investment as the demand for minerals from the technology and renewable energy industries grows. New funding of $2.4 million will enable further legislative and regulatory improvements across the resources sector to reinforce rehabilitation and environmental safeguards, support greater community engagement and continue efficient processing of industry applications. The resources sector is experiencing rapid growth as a result of the Labor Government’s record infrastructure investment – with a total of $144 billion projects either commencing with this Budget or already underway supporting more than 170,000 jobs since 2014. This investment is continuing to deliver important road and rail projects, new and upgraded schools and hospitals and our Big Housing Build. Quotes attributable to Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes “The resources sector is a crucial part of our economic recovery – we want to ensure quarries can continue to provide the building blocks of our infrastructure program and create more jobs.” “We’re making sure that efficient and responsible regulation of the sector goes hand in hand with the development of future sites – including the local community in decision‑making and leaving a positive legacy.”

MORE SUPPORT TO CEMENT VICTORIA’S RESOURCES BOOM.

20th May 2021 Victoria’s minerals, quarry and gas sectors will be supported to keep the Andrews Labor Government’s record infrastructure agenda booming with essential materials for housing, hospitals and schools around the state. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 is providing $35.7 million to ensure our minerals, quarry and gas sectors continue to grow and meet the demand that everyday Victorians rely on. This investment will also back more than 7,000 Victorians employed in the sector’s growing workforces, as well as the thousands of jobs the sector supports in construction. The Labor Government’s unprecedented infrastructure investment is dependent on local rock, sand and gravel, which is driving demand for regulatory approvals and industry support to ensure a pipeline of new and expanding quarries. Funding of $10.6 million will help Earth Resources Regulation – Victoria’s earth resource regulator – deliver timely regulatory approvals and improve key processes for industry and businesses. A further $6.9 million will deliver work to ensure new quarries can be developed where resources are needed while ensuring land around them is not compromised, providing transparency for communities and protecting the surrounding environment. Expert geoscience, supported by the Labor Government, has underpinned the growth in gold production and minerals exploration. The Geological Survey of Victoria will be further supported with $13.4 million to continue attracting new investment as the demand for minerals from the technology and renewable energy industries grows. New funding of $2.4 million will enable further legislative and regulatory improvements across the resources sector to reinforce rehabilitation and environmental safeguards, support greater community engagement and continue efficient processing of industry applications. The resources sector is experiencing rapid growth as a result of the Labor Government’s record infrastructure investment – with a total of $144 billion projects either commencing with this Budget or already underway supporting more than 170,000 jobs since 2014. This investment is continuing to deliver important road and rail projects, new and upgraded schools and hospitals and our Big Housing Build. Quotes attributable to Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes “The resources sector is a crucial part of our economic recovery – we want to ensure quarries can continue to provide the building blocks of our infrastructure program and create more jobs.” “We’re making sure that efficient and responsible regulation of the sector goes hand in hand with the development of future sites – including the local community in decision‑making and leaving a positive legacy.”

NAGAMBIE STEPPING UP TOWN CONNECTION

Friday, 14 May 2021 Nagambie is set to benefit from $3 million funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced the funding for the Nagambie Foreshore Walk project, which is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to build the things that matter to locals and help their towns thrive. The Foreshore Walking Trail and Outdoor Hub is Stage 1 of the Lake Nagambie Infrastructure Development Program. There are 3 stages in the overall program. The project includes construction of a safe, all abilities accessible pedestrian /cycle path, connecting the Nagambie Regatta Centre Precinct and the Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park to the Nagambie town centre via an attractive lakeside walk. The 2.4km path will comprise of approximately 1,400 metres of all abilities access concrete path adjacent to the lake and 230 metres of boardwalk across a small inlet of the lake. This proposed path will connect to an existing lakeside path. The project is among a suite of successful initiatives as part of this year’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and support councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need. The stimulus round aims to revitalise local economies while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic by creating more jobs now, while improving tourism and community infrastructure. The second round of the Fund’s 2020/21 program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants. Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to ensuring our region has the support they need to move beyond last year’s challenges and thrive into the future, helping to make it an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.” “This project will mean even more to locals and visitors in the future and we are working hard now to deliver improved facilities and provide the much-needed economic boost our state needs.”  

NAGAMBIE STEPPING UP TOWN CONNECTION

Friday, 14 May 2021 Nagambie is set to benefit from $3 million funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced the funding for the Nagambie Foreshore Walk project, which is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to build the things that matter to locals and help their towns thrive. The Foreshore Walking Trail and Outdoor Hub is Stage 1 of the Lake Nagambie Infrastructure Development Program. There are 3 stages in the overall program. The project includes construction of a safe, all abilities accessible pedestrian /cycle path, connecting the Nagambie Regatta Centre Precinct and the Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park to the Nagambie town centre via an attractive lakeside walk. The 2.4km path will comprise of approximately 1,400 metres of all abilities access concrete path adjacent to the lake and 230 metres of boardwalk across a small inlet of the lake. This proposed path will connect to an existing lakeside path. The project is among a suite of successful initiatives as part of this year’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and support councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need. The stimulus round aims to revitalise local economies while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic by creating more jobs now, while improving tourism and community infrastructure. The second round of the Fund’s 2020/21 program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants. Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to ensuring our region has the support they need to move beyond last year’s challenges and thrive into the future, helping to make it an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.” “This project will mean even more to locals and visitors in the future and we are working hard now to deliver improved facilities and provide the much-needed economic boost our state needs.”  

New Court Appointments Bring Wealth Of Expertise

18th May 2021 The state’s court system has been further strengthened with the Andrews Labor Government appointing the first-ever judicial registrars to the Children’s Court, as well as two new judges of the Supreme Court. Judicial registrars play a crucial role in the smooth and efficient running of the court, helping judges to manage their workload and performing key administrative and judicial tasks. Starting on 25 May, Judith Benson, Majella Foster-Jones, Robyn Hamilton and Julia Lever-Davidson will each bring their extensive and diverse experience to these new key roles at the Children’s Court. Ms Benson’s 23 years as a barrister includes work across both jurisdictions of the Children’s Court, including child protection, juvenile crime, family violence and intervention order matters. Ms Foster-Jones is a skilled legal practitioner who has held a number of roles at Victoria Legal Aid. She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Council and holds an accredited specialisation in children’s law. Ms Hamilton is currently the senior in-house counsel for family and children’s law at Victoria Legal Aid, where she has previously been the manager of the youth legal service program and a child protection and senior independent children’s lawyer. Ms Lever-Davidson also has extensive experience at Victoria Legal Aid, including in her current role as managing lawyer for youth crime and acting associate director in the criminal law program. The appointments of Richard Attiwill QC and Stephen O’Meara QC as judges of the Supreme Court start today – bringing a combined total of more than 50 years’ legal experience. Appointed Senior Council in 2013, Mr Attiwill has appeared in a broad range of matters, including commercial, public and common law cases, class actions, Royal Commissions, and parliamentary inquiries. He appeared at the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and the second Hazelwood Mine Fire Board of Inquiry. Mr O’Meara has also appeared in several matters of importance since being appointed Senior Council in 2011, including the coronial inquest into the 2017 Bourke Street Incident, the Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System and the Kilmore and Murrindindi bushfire class actions. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes “I congratulate Ms Benson, Ms Foster-Jones, Ms Hamilton and Ms Lever-Davidson on their well-deserved appointments as the first judicial registrars to the Children’s Court – they will help deliver better and fairer outcomes for young Victorians.”  “Together, Mr Attiwill and Mr O’Meara hold a wealth of legal experience and expertise, dealing with matters that have greatly impacted Victoria and Australia. Their appointments will  continue the drive to promote justice, transparency and important reform.”  

New Court Appointments Bring Wealth Of Expertise

18th May 2021 The state’s court system has been further strengthened with the Andrews Labor Government appointing the first-ever judicial registrars to the Children’s Court, as well as two new judges of the Supreme Court. Judicial registrars play a crucial role in the smooth and efficient running of the court, helping judges to manage their workload and performing key administrative and judicial tasks. Starting on 25 May, Judith Benson, Majella Foster-Jones, Robyn Hamilton and Julia Lever-Davidson will each bring their extensive and diverse experience to these new key roles at the Children’s Court. Ms Benson’s 23 years as a barrister includes work across both jurisdictions of the Children’s Court, including child protection, juvenile crime, family violence and intervention order matters. Ms Foster-Jones is a skilled legal practitioner who has held a number of roles at Victoria Legal Aid. She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Council and holds an accredited specialisation in children’s law. Ms Hamilton is currently the senior in-house counsel for family and children’s law at Victoria Legal Aid, where she has previously been the manager of the youth legal service program and a child protection and senior independent children’s lawyer. Ms Lever-Davidson also has extensive experience at Victoria Legal Aid, including in her current role as managing lawyer for youth crime and acting associate director in the criminal law program. The appointments of Richard Attiwill QC and Stephen O’Meara QC as judges of the Supreme Court start today – bringing a combined total of more than 50 years’ legal experience. Appointed Senior Council in 2013, Mr Attiwill has appeared in a broad range of matters, including commercial, public and common law cases, class actions, Royal Commissions, and parliamentary inquiries. He appeared at the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and the second Hazelwood Mine Fire Board of Inquiry. Mr O’Meara has also appeared in several matters of importance since being appointed Senior Council in 2011, including the coronial inquest into the 2017 Bourke Street Incident, the Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System and the Kilmore and Murrindindi bushfire class actions. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes “I congratulate Ms Benson, Ms Foster-Jones, Ms Hamilton and Ms Lever-Davidson on their well-deserved appointments as the first judicial registrars to the Children’s Court – they will help deliver better and fairer outcomes for young Victorians.”  “Together, Mr Attiwill and Mr O’Meara hold a wealth of legal experience and expertise, dealing with matters that have greatly impacted Victoria and Australia. Their appointments will  continue the drive to promote justice, transparency and important reform.”