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Royal Commission Implementation Monitor Appointed

1st Mar 2021 An independent Implementation Monitor has been appointed to oversee the implementation of all recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants. Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes announced today that Sir David Carruthers has been appointed to the crucial role which will report annually on progress – keeping future reforms on track while bolstering community confidence in the justice system. The Implementation Monitor will ensure recommendations are delivered in a transparent and timely manner, providing oversight and accountability as we move through the implementation process. Sir David is an eminent member of the legal community. He was appointed as a judge of New Zealand’s Family Court and the Youth Court in Wellington in 1985 and then Chief District Court Judge in 2001. In 2005, Sir David was appointed Chair of the New Zealand Parole Board and in 2012 became Chair of the New Zealand Independent Police Conduct Authority. He was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 and was knighted in 2009 for his service to the District Courts. Legislation providing the Implementation Monitor with all necessary and reasonable powers to fulfil the role will be introduced into Parliament later this year. Delivering on another of the Royal Commission’s key recommendations, the Government has also appointed an independent Senior Counsel to review and report on 11 human source files that were not provided to the Commission by Victoria Police on public interest immunity grounds. The review will provide a further assurance to the Victorian community that any circumstances where a lawyer has been used as a human source have been uncovered. The Government will implement all 111 recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes  “The Royal Commission gave us a clear blueprint for restoring public confidence in the justice system by making sure these events never happen again.”     “We’re getting on with implementing all the recommendations from the Royal Commission and the Implementation Monitor will play a vital role in holding this progress to account.” “I congratulate Sir David on the appointment and welcome his expert guidance and acumen as we implement all recommendations and deliver strong reform to our justice system.”

Royal Commission Implementation Monitor Appointed

1st Mar 2021 An independent Implementation Monitor has been appointed to oversee the implementation of all recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants. Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes announced today that Sir David Carruthers has been appointed to the crucial role which will report annually on progress – keeping future reforms on track while bolstering community confidence in the justice system. The Implementation Monitor will ensure recommendations are delivered in a transparent and timely manner, providing oversight and accountability as we move through the implementation process. Sir David is an eminent member of the legal community. He was appointed as a judge of New Zealand’s Family Court and the Youth Court in Wellington in 1985 and then Chief District Court Judge in 2001. In 2005, Sir David was appointed Chair of the New Zealand Parole Board and in 2012 became Chair of the New Zealand Independent Police Conduct Authority. He was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 and was knighted in 2009 for his service to the District Courts. Legislation providing the Implementation Monitor with all necessary and reasonable powers to fulfil the role will be introduced into Parliament later this year. Delivering on another of the Royal Commission’s key recommendations, the Government has also appointed an independent Senior Counsel to review and report on 11 human source files that were not provided to the Commission by Victoria Police on public interest immunity grounds. The review will provide a further assurance to the Victorian community that any circumstances where a lawyer has been used as a human source have been uncovered. The Government will implement all 111 recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes  “The Royal Commission gave us a clear blueprint for restoring public confidence in the justice system by making sure these events never happen again.”     “We’re getting on with implementing all the recommendations from the Royal Commission and the Implementation Monitor will play a vital role in holding this progress to account.” “I congratulate Sir David on the appointment and welcome his expert guidance and acumen as we implement all recommendations and deliver strong reform to our justice system.”

FIXING THE MURRAY VALLEY HIGHWAY

Monday, 1 March 2021 Residents and freight drivers can look forward to safer journeys on the Murray Valley Highway in north east Victoria, thanks to a $1.1 million upgrade from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the upgrades starting at Huon, east of Wodonga, are part of the Government’s $85 million road maintenance blitz being delivered across the north east region. Crews are rebuilding traffic lanes in both directions on a 600-metre section of the highway between Bonegilla Road and Huon-Kiewa Road. The existing road pavement will be removed and a new base of crushed rock will be placed down before the surface is spray sealed, ensuring the highway is stronger and safer. A further 650-metre section will also be improved at Berringama between Nugents Road and Lucyvale Road. The Murray Valley Highway is a crucial freight route and an important interstate connector to New South Wales. An average of 2,800 vehicles (of which 15 per cent are heavy vehicles) use the Murray Valley Highway each day at Huon, while an average of 580 vehicles (of which 10 per cent are heavy vehicles) use the highway at Berringama. The works at Huon started this week and are expected to take four weeks to complete. Works at Berringama are expected to start in March and will also take about four weeks to complete. To find out more about what works are happening near you, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re delivering a massive program of works in north east Victoria this maintenance season – rebuilding and resurfacing more than 250 kilometres of roads along key routes like the Hume Freeway, Murray Valley Highway and Melba Highway.” “These upgrades will allow residents and freight drivers to have smoother and safer journeys on one of the region’s busiest roads.”    

FIXING THE MURRAY VALLEY HIGHWAY

Monday, 1 March 2021 Residents and freight drivers can look forward to safer journeys on the Murray Valley Highway in north east Victoria, thanks to a $1.1 million upgrade from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the upgrades starting at Huon, east of Wodonga, are part of the Government’s $85 million road maintenance blitz being delivered across the north east region. Crews are rebuilding traffic lanes in both directions on a 600-metre section of the highway between Bonegilla Road and Huon-Kiewa Road. The existing road pavement will be removed and a new base of crushed rock will be placed down before the surface is spray sealed, ensuring the highway is stronger and safer. A further 650-metre section will also be improved at Berringama between Nugents Road and Lucyvale Road. The Murray Valley Highway is a crucial freight route and an important interstate connector to New South Wales. An average of 2,800 vehicles (of which 15 per cent are heavy vehicles) use the Murray Valley Highway each day at Huon, while an average of 580 vehicles (of which 10 per cent are heavy vehicles) use the highway at Berringama. The works at Huon started this week and are expected to take four weeks to complete. Works at Berringama are expected to start in March and will also take about four weeks to complete. To find out more about what works are happening near you, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re delivering a massive program of works in north east Victoria this maintenance season – rebuilding and resurfacing more than 250 kilometres of roads along key routes like the Hume Freeway, Murray Valley Highway and Melba Highway.” “These upgrades will allow residents and freight drivers to have smoother and safer journeys on one of the region’s busiest roads.”    

NEIGHBOURHOOD BATTERY TRIAL TO MAXIMISE ROOFTOP SOLAR

Thursday, 25 February 2021 The Andrews Labor Government will support trials of neighbourhood-scale batteries to maximise the unprecedented uptake in rooftop solar and empower communities to take control of their energy. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, announced that the $3 million Neighbourhood Battery Initiative (NBI) was open, inviting applications for neighbourhood-scale battery projects from local investors, businesses, community groups and other interested parties.   Neighbourhood-scale batteries can provide a range of benefits to electricity users, networks and Victorian communities. Importantly, they can play a valuable role in supporting residential solar systems by soaking up excess solar output during the day which can then be dispatched in the evening, when it is needed most.   Victoria’s Solar Homes Program has seen record levels of rooftop solar systems installed. About 20 per cent of Victorian households have solar panels and that is expected to grow to 50 per cent by 2030. Neighbourhood-scale batteries could maximise the power generated by the hundreds of thousands of solar systems across the state.   The NBI is part of the record $1.6 billion clean energy package announced in the 2020-2021 Victorian Budget. The package will deliver household and business energy efficiency initiatives, improve crucial grid infrastructure, drive down emissions and support more Solar Homes.   A consultation paper that seeks feedback from stakeholders about the deployment of neighbourhood batteries will be released alongside the application guidelines via the Engage Victoria website.   Applications for the NBI close on 11 April 2021. Find out more or submit an application at: www.energy.vic.gov.au/new-energy-technologies.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio   “Neighbourhood scale batteries are a new energy storage model that takes advantage of the massive popularity of rooftop solar by soaking up excess power during the day and dispatching it at night-time and when it’s needed.”   Quotes attributable Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes   “The Neighbourhood Battery Initiative is a great way to involve local communities in the transition to clean energy and maximise the growing number of rooftop solar systems in our area”

NEIGHBOURHOOD BATTERY TRIAL TO MAXIMISE ROOFTOP SOLAR

Thursday, 25 February 2021 The Andrews Labor Government will support trials of neighbourhood-scale batteries to maximise the unprecedented uptake in rooftop solar and empower communities to take control of their energy. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, announced that the $3 million Neighbourhood Battery Initiative (NBI) was open, inviting applications for neighbourhood-scale battery projects from local investors, businesses, community groups and other interested parties.   Neighbourhood-scale batteries can provide a range of benefits to electricity users, networks and Victorian communities. Importantly, they can play a valuable role in supporting residential solar systems by soaking up excess solar output during the day which can then be dispatched in the evening, when it is needed most.   Victoria’s Solar Homes Program has seen record levels of rooftop solar systems installed. About 20 per cent of Victorian households have solar panels and that is expected to grow to 50 per cent by 2030. Neighbourhood-scale batteries could maximise the power generated by the hundreds of thousands of solar systems across the state.   The NBI is part of the record $1.6 billion clean energy package announced in the 2020-2021 Victorian Budget. The package will deliver household and business energy efficiency initiatives, improve crucial grid infrastructure, drive down emissions and support more Solar Homes.   A consultation paper that seeks feedback from stakeholders about the deployment of neighbourhood batteries will be released alongside the application guidelines via the Engage Victoria website.   Applications for the NBI close on 11 April 2021. Find out more or submit an application at: www.energy.vic.gov.au/new-energy-technologies.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio   “Neighbourhood scale batteries are a new energy storage model that takes advantage of the massive popularity of rooftop solar by soaking up excess power during the day and dispatching it at night-time and when it’s needed.”   Quotes attributable Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes   “The Neighbourhood Battery Initiative is a great way to involve local communities in the transition to clean energy and maximise the growing number of rooftop solar systems in our area”

Community Environmental Grants Open for Northern Victoria

Monday, 22 February 2021 Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes is encouraging community groups in Northern Victoria to help protect the environment, with grants of up to $50,000 now available for conservation projects or habitat restoration. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has announced the $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package, which will fund small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Victoria’s biodiversity and waterways. Community and Traditional Owners groups, volunteer organisations and schools from across the North East are welcome to apply for grants through three different streams, which include: Community Volunteer Action Grants – to protect and enhance the natural environment, boost volunteer participation and address threats to biodiversity on public and private land. Aboriginal Community Caring for Country Grants – to support Aboriginal communities and organisations to access and care for Country. A further two streams will open later this year, including the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants – opening in March – which supports the next generation of Victorians to protect biodiversity through action that improves and restores habitat for native plants and animals. The Victorian Landcare Grants will open in April to support groups to undertake on-ground and natural environment improvement works. For more information and to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We have so many wonderful community groups dedicated to protecting and enhancing our precious biodiversity – these grants ensure their good work can continue.” “Communities and volunteers play such an important role to ensure Victoria’s natural environment remains healthy for years to come.” “This is an opportunity to invest in projects with clear conservation outcomes and I encourage all eligible community groups and organisations to apply.”    

Community Environmental Grants Open for Northern Victoria

Monday, 22 February 2021 Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes is encouraging community groups in Northern Victoria to help protect the environment, with grants of up to $50,000 now available for conservation projects or habitat restoration. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has announced the $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package, which will fund small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Victoria’s biodiversity and waterways. Community and Traditional Owners groups, volunteer organisations and schools from across the North East are welcome to apply for grants through three different streams, which include: Community Volunteer Action Grants – to protect and enhance the natural environment, boost volunteer participation and address threats to biodiversity on public and private land. Aboriginal Community Caring for Country Grants – to support Aboriginal communities and organisations to access and care for Country. A further two streams will open later this year, including the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants – opening in March – which supports the next generation of Victorians to protect biodiversity through action that improves and restores habitat for native plants and animals. The Victorian Landcare Grants will open in April to support groups to undertake on-ground and natural environment improvement works. For more information and to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We have so many wonderful community groups dedicated to protecting and enhancing our precious biodiversity – these grants ensure their good work can continue.” “Communities and volunteers play such an important role to ensure Victoria’s natural environment remains healthy for years to come.” “This is an opportunity to invest in projects with clear conservation outcomes and I encourage all eligible community groups and organisations to apply.”    

 

SAFER JOURNEYS FOR ALPINE TRAVELLERS

Friday, 19 February 2021 Drivers taking in the beautiful Alpine region will have safer and more reliable journeys, thanks to important landslip prevention works which have started on multiple roads in the region. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said culvert renewal and replacement works on Bright-Tawonga Road near Bright marked the start of a program to reduce the risks of dangerous landslips in north east Victoria. Crews will undertake essential maintenance on more than 50 culverts across Great Alpine, Mount Buller, Bogong High Plains and Bright-Tawonga roads, to prevent disruptions to the flow of drainage runoff, which can undermine the stability of the existing road. Further works will roll out later in the year across north east Victoria under the funding package, including the installation of new rock netting, rock-filled cage retaining walls, minor road realignments and earthworks. The important upgrades are being delivered as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $32.8 million investment to prevent landslips on key tourist routes and support local jobs across the state. Find out more on the Regional Roads Victoria website and interactive map at regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This important work will safeguard these key routes and prevent future landslips from disrupting the snow season and access for local communities.” “Victoria’s Alpine Region is a huge drawcard for tourists and plays a vital part in our economy, which is why it’s so important that the road network remains safe and reliable.”    

SAFER JOURNEYS FOR ALPINE TRAVELLERS

Friday, 19 February 2021 Drivers taking in the beautiful Alpine region will have safer and more reliable journeys, thanks to important landslip prevention works which have started on multiple roads in the region. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said culvert renewal and replacement works on Bright-Tawonga Road near Bright marked the start of a program to reduce the risks of dangerous landslips in north east Victoria. Crews will undertake essential maintenance on more than 50 culverts across Great Alpine, Mount Buller, Bogong High Plains and Bright-Tawonga roads, to prevent disruptions to the flow of drainage runoff, which can undermine the stability of the existing road. Further works will roll out later in the year across north east Victoria under the funding package, including the installation of new rock netting, rock-filled cage retaining walls, minor road realignments and earthworks. The important upgrades are being delivered as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $32.8 million investment to prevent landslips on key tourist routes and support local jobs across the state. Find out more on the Regional Roads Victoria website and interactive map at regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This important work will safeguard these key routes and prevent future landslips from disrupting the snow season and access for local communities.” “Victoria’s Alpine Region is a huge drawcard for tourists and plays a vital part in our economy, which is why it’s so important that the road network remains safe and reliable.”    

Resources Sector Rocks On With More Growth

19th Feb 2021 Victoria’s resources sector has continued its strong growth with high demand to meet the Andrews Labor Government’s big infrastructure agenda delivering record production and more jobs across the state. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes updated Parliament today on the sector’s continued strong performance in minerals exploration expenditure and quarry production. The Earth Resources Regulation 2019-20 Annual Statistical Report reveals that quarry production has now grown by twenty-five per cent over the last six years – providing over sixty-three million tonnes of sand, rock and gravel last financial year to help deliver new housing and infrastructure development. Minerals exploration spending in Victoria has grown – according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data expenditure increased by a third in 2019-20 compared to the previous year. Over the same period, gold mining expenditure also increased by a third and gold production by nearly forty per cent. World-leading geoscience has underpinned this minerals boom. The Geological Survey of Victoria estimates that around 75 million ounces of gold is yet to be found. The news of Victoria’s exploration and mining potential has sparked an increase in minerals licensing, total applications for 2019-20 up seventy-five per cent to 154. This track record of growth has raised Victoria’s profile globally as a hub for resources production. Melbourne will again be on show when it hosts the 2021 International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), Australia’s largest annual mining and resources event. IMARC 2021 will take place from 25 to 27 October at the Melbourne Showgrounds, allowing organisers to include an outdoor exhibition space into its program for the first time. An extra $1.1 million was provided in the recent Victorian Budget 2020/21 to process the unprecedented number of applications and ensure the sector can ramp up its works to help the state’s economic recovery. Earth Resources Regulation has undertaken significant reform through the actions identified in Getting the Groundwork Right: Better regulation of mines and quarries report. Action has been taken to support the growth of the sector with safeguards in place to better protect public safety and the environment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes “Minerals and quarry products play an essential role in our everyday lives – they make up the houses we live in, the train tracks we ride on, and the computers we work from. Our resources sector helps us all.” “The resources sector has kept going all throughout this pandemic – supporting jobs and our everyday needs. IMARC 2021 will be a fantastic chance for those businesses to reconnect and celebrate this continuing, strong success.”

Resources Sector Rocks On With More Growth

19th Feb 2021 Victoria’s resources sector has continued its strong growth with high demand to meet the Andrews Labor Government’s big infrastructure agenda delivering record production and more jobs across the state. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes updated Parliament today on the sector’s continued strong performance in minerals exploration expenditure and quarry production. The Earth Resources Regulation 2019-20 Annual Statistical Report reveals that quarry production has now grown by twenty-five per cent over the last six years – providing over sixty-three million tonnes of sand, rock and gravel last financial year to help deliver new housing and infrastructure development. Minerals exploration spending in Victoria has grown – according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data expenditure increased by a third in 2019-20 compared to the previous year. Over the same period, gold mining expenditure also increased by a third and gold production by nearly forty per cent. World-leading geoscience has underpinned this minerals boom. The Geological Survey of Victoria estimates that around 75 million ounces of gold is yet to be found. The news of Victoria’s exploration and mining potential has sparked an increase in minerals licensing, total applications for 2019-20 up seventy-five per cent to 154. This track record of growth has raised Victoria’s profile globally as a hub for resources production. Melbourne will again be on show when it hosts the 2021 International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), Australia’s largest annual mining and resources event. IMARC 2021 will take place from 25 to 27 October at the Melbourne Showgrounds, allowing organisers to include an outdoor exhibition space into its program for the first time. An extra $1.1 million was provided in the recent Victorian Budget 2020/21 to process the unprecedented number of applications and ensure the sector can ramp up its works to help the state’s economic recovery. Earth Resources Regulation has undertaken significant reform through the actions identified in Getting the Groundwork Right: Better regulation of mines and quarries report. Action has been taken to support the growth of the sector with safeguards in place to better protect public safety and the environment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes “Minerals and quarry products play an essential role in our everyday lives – they make up the houses we live in, the train tracks we ride on, and the computers we work from. Our resources sector helps us all.” “The resources sector has kept going all throughout this pandemic – supporting jobs and our everyday needs. IMARC 2021 will be a fantastic chance for those businesses to reconnect and celebrate this continuing, strong success.”

Historic Laws Passed To Decriminalise Public Drunkenness

19th Feb 2021 People who are drunk in public will get the health support and help they need with laws to decriminalise public drunkenness passing Parliament today. The Summary Offences Amendment (Decriminalisation of Public Drunkenness) Bill 2020 will save lives by ensuring no one can be locked in a police cell just for being drunk in public. It paves the way for public drunkenness to be treated as a health issue, not a crime. These laws have been informed by Aboriginal communities and health experts – who have advocated for this reform for decades – and enable the Government to move to culturally safe and appropriate model that prioritises the health and safety of individuals who are intoxicated in public, as well as the broader community. This will include more outreach services, training for first responders and new sobering up services – making sure people are transported to a safe place where they can receive support if they need it. The Bill builds on three decades of work and activism, including key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and the Coronial Inquest into the tragic death of Tanya Day. Over the next two years, the Government will continue to work closely with Aboriginal communities, health experts and key stakeholders – including Victoria Police – to design, trial and refine the public health model and develop local solutions that are safe and effective. These reforms were developed following extensive consultation to ensure they strike the right balance between protection of people who are intoxicated and community safety. The government is currently considering trial site locations in line with advice provided by an Expert Reference Group report. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes      “Today we have delivered a reform that is long overdue – public drunkenness laws have caused too much pain for too many and we acknowledge everyone who has fought tirelessly for this change.” “We’ll continue to work closely with Aboriginal communities, health experts and other stakeholders, including police to establish a health model that focuses on support and safety, not punishment.” Quote attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams “We have worked with and listened to the Aboriginal community to deliver real change. These reforms will save lives and provide fair and culturally appropriate care – that's the right thing to do.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley    “This important change wraps a culturally appropriate health response around vulnerable people who are drunk in public, giving them the immediate help they need.”

Historic Laws Passed To Decriminalise Public Drunkenness

19th Feb 2021 People who are drunk in public will get the health support and help they need with laws to decriminalise public drunkenness passing Parliament today. The Summary Offences Amendment (Decriminalisation of Public Drunkenness) Bill 2020 will save lives by ensuring no one can be locked in a police cell just for being drunk in public. It paves the way for public drunkenness to be treated as a health issue, not a crime. These laws have been informed by Aboriginal communities and health experts – who have advocated for this reform for decades – and enable the Government to move to culturally safe and appropriate model that prioritises the health and safety of individuals who are intoxicated in public, as well as the broader community. This will include more outreach services, training for first responders and new sobering up services – making sure people are transported to a safe place where they can receive support if they need it. The Bill builds on three decades of work and activism, including key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and the Coronial Inquest into the tragic death of Tanya Day. Over the next two years, the Government will continue to work closely with Aboriginal communities, health experts and key stakeholders – including Victoria Police – to design, trial and refine the public health model and develop local solutions that are safe and effective. These reforms were developed following extensive consultation to ensure they strike the right balance between protection of people who are intoxicated and community safety. The government is currently considering trial site locations in line with advice provided by an Expert Reference Group report. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes      “Today we have delivered a reform that is long overdue – public drunkenness laws have caused too much pain for too many and we acknowledge everyone who has fought tirelessly for this change.” “We’ll continue to work closely with Aboriginal communities, health experts and other stakeholders, including police to establish a health model that focuses on support and safety, not punishment.” Quote attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams “We have worked with and listened to the Aboriginal community to deliver real change. These reforms will save lives and provide fair and culturally appropriate care – that's the right thing to do.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley    “This important change wraps a culturally appropriate health response around vulnerable people who are drunk in public, giving them the immediate help they need.”

NATURE AND COMMUNITY GROUP IN NORTHERN VICTORIA BENEFIT FROM VOLUNTEERING INNOVATION FUND

Thursday, 18 February 2021 Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, congratulated Parklands Albury Wodonga Limited on receiving a grant of $20,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Volunteering Innovation Fund. The $2 million Fund is supporting conservation projects, like Parklands Albury Wodonga Limited whose project will build on the success of the Park Stewardship programs in North East Victoria through the trials of two new approaches: Aboriginal river ranger program that will work with local Aboriginal community members to deliver environmental volunteer sessions and walking trail engagement project that will support volunteers with resources to produce 10 themed maps with photos and 3 x Park Treasure Hunts. The special interest and treasure hunt maps and videos of the aboriginal environmental sessions will be published online and accessible by locals, visitors, special interest groups, friends groups and schools. Twenty innovative volunteer projects have been awarded more than $300,000, with funding of up to $20,000 per project. The Volunteering Innovation Fund will support people from all walks of life to volunteer in our parks and forests, benefiting the environment, volunteers and the community. The Fund will run from 2020-2023 awarding a total of $2 million across four different rounds allocated as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program. Round two of the Volunteering Innovation Fund opens at 9am Thursday 11 March  with funding of up to $50,000 available per project. The public will be invited to vote for successful applications through Engage Victoria.   Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes    “Parklands Albury Wodonga’s project is a wonderful example of innovative ways to increase the number and diversity of people volunteering in our parks, in particular increasing the number of volunteers participating for the first time.”  “The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on the incredible work of existing volunteers and inviting others to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering.” “I encourage all local groups in Northern Victoria to apply for Round 2 of the Volunteering Innovation Fund when it opens on 11 March”  

NATURE AND COMMUNITY GROUP IN NORTHERN VICTORIA BENEFIT FROM VOLUNTEERING INNOVATION FUND

Thursday, 18 February 2021 Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, congratulated Parklands Albury Wodonga Limited on receiving a grant of $20,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Volunteering Innovation Fund. The $2 million Fund is supporting conservation projects, like Parklands Albury Wodonga Limited whose project will build on the success of the Park Stewardship programs in North East Victoria through the trials of two new approaches: Aboriginal river ranger program that will work with local Aboriginal community members to deliver environmental volunteer sessions and walking trail engagement project that will support volunteers with resources to produce 10 themed maps with photos and 3 x Park Treasure Hunts. The special interest and treasure hunt maps and videos of the aboriginal environmental sessions will be published online and accessible by locals, visitors, special interest groups, friends groups and schools. Twenty innovative volunteer projects have been awarded more than $300,000, with funding of up to $20,000 per project. The Volunteering Innovation Fund will support people from all walks of life to volunteer in our parks and forests, benefiting the environment, volunteers and the community. The Fund will run from 2020-2023 awarding a total of $2 million across four different rounds allocated as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program. Round two of the Volunteering Innovation Fund opens at 9am Thursday 11 March  with funding of up to $50,000 available per project. The public will be invited to vote for successful applications through Engage Victoria.   Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes    “Parklands Albury Wodonga’s project is a wonderful example of innovative ways to increase the number and diversity of people volunteering in our parks, in particular increasing the number of volunteers participating for the first time.”  “The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on the incredible work of existing volunteers and inviting others to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering.” “I encourage all local groups in Northern Victoria to apply for Round 2 of the Volunteering Innovation Fund when it opens on 11 March”