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ALEXANDRA SET TO ROCK AT THE RACES

Alexandra Racecourse will be alive with great racing and fun for the kids at the popular Alex Races Rock 2020 race meet on Saturday 29 February thanks to a funding package worth more than $10,000. Member for Northern Vicoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing almost $5,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund – Raceday Attraction Program to support the meeting. Alexandra Racing Club is investing close to $3,000 with Country Racing Victoria kicking in $2,500 towards the meeting. The beautiful track in a bush setting and close to Lake Eildon sets an idyllic scene for a quality program of racing rocking entertainment for the whole family, packed with live music by the Rockin’Tones as well as a dance competition and free barbecue. Since 1 December 2014, the Labor Government has approved almost $60,000 to support seven thoroughbred events and four infrastructure projects for Alexandra Racing Club. The thoroughbred racing industry in regional Victoria generates $716.9 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 6,100 full time equivalent jobs. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re so proud to support the Alex Races Rock in 2020, and I encourage racing fans to head along to the course and soak up the action.” “This annual meeting is a great opportunity for the community to come together and it has something for everyone, from racing enthusiasts to families wanting a great day out.” Quotes attributable to Alexandra Racing Club President, Christopher Walsh “We’re grateful for the support of the Victorian Government to run our Alex Races Rock 2020 meeting - I can promise a great day’s racing and fun for the whole family.”

ALEXANDRA SET TO ROCK AT THE RACES

Alexandra Racecourse will be alive with great racing and fun for the kids at the popular Alex Races Rock 2020 race meet on Saturday 29 February thanks to a funding package worth more than $10,000. Member for Northern Vicoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing almost $5,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund – Raceday Attraction Program to support the meeting. Alexandra Racing Club is investing close to $3,000 with Country Racing Victoria kicking in $2,500 towards the meeting. The beautiful track in a bush setting and close to Lake Eildon sets an idyllic scene for a quality program of racing rocking entertainment for the whole family, packed with live music by the Rockin’Tones as well as a dance competition and free barbecue. Since 1 December 2014, the Labor Government has approved almost $60,000 to support seven thoroughbred events and four infrastructure projects for Alexandra Racing Club. The thoroughbred racing industry in regional Victoria generates $716.9 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 6,100 full time equivalent jobs. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re so proud to support the Alex Races Rock in 2020, and I encourage racing fans to head along to the course and soak up the action.” “This annual meeting is a great opportunity for the community to come together and it has something for everyone, from racing enthusiasts to families wanting a great day out.” Quotes attributable to Alexandra Racing Club President, Christopher Walsh “We’re grateful for the support of the Victorian Government to run our Alex Races Rock 2020 meeting - I can promise a great day’s racing and fun for the whole family.”

Wine Down, Pop Up For Vineyard Stays In Regional Victoria

Wine enthusiasts and lovers of unique getaway experiences will have the chance to sleep amongst the vines as part of a luxury pop-up to be delivered at three wineries across the state. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula was at Federation Square today for a sneak peek at one of the converted shipping containers which will be dropped into vineyards to help drive visitation in regional Victoria in the wake of the summer’s bushfires. The Wine Down Pop Up project will see the luxury pods placed at Seville Estate in the Yarra Valley (28 February-28 March), Montalto on the Mornington Peninsula (3 April– 2 May) and All Saints Estate in Rutherglen (8 May–7 June). Each winery will offer accommodation in two converted shipping containers plus a hot tub and special wine bar, accompanied by a virtual-reality experience to inspire travel to other wine regions in Victoria. The containers will be powered by solar generators, making Wine Down Pop Up a carbon neutral operation. In 2019, the project proved an overwhelming success with 95 per cent occupancy across three months at vineyard locations in the King Valley, Macedon and South Gippsland. The Andrews Labor Government is backing the regional tourism industry in the wake of recent bushfires with increased marketing activities from Visit Victoria, a Bushfire Recovery round of the Regional Events Fund and the Business & Sport for Bushfire Recovery program which has seen more than 220 companies come on board. Tourism is an important employer in regional Victoria, supporting more than 90,000 jobs. In the year ending September 2019, regional Victoria welcomed more than 60 million domestic and international visitors, who spent an estimated $11.5 billion. Visit Victoria has partnered with sustainable designers Contained to deliver Wine Down Pop Up for a second year, with bookings available at contained.com.au/hotel. Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Now is the time to book your regional Victorian getaway, because a short stay really does go a long way.” “Wine Down Pop Up offers a unique experience and will help to support tourism businesses and workers from across the state.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Clever initiatives like Wine Down Pop Up are invaluable in promoting our stunning wine regions, and that helps to grow jobs and keep local communities strong.”  Quote attributable to Visit Victoria chief executive Brendan McClements “Regional Victoria has attractions and accommodation for visitors of every description, and this is a terrific temporary addition to our offerings.”

Wine Down, Pop Up For Vineyard Stays In Regional Victoria

Wine enthusiasts and lovers of unique getaway experiences will have the chance to sleep amongst the vines as part of a luxury pop-up to be delivered at three wineries across the state. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula was at Federation Square today for a sneak peek at one of the converted shipping containers which will be dropped into vineyards to help drive visitation in regional Victoria in the wake of the summer’s bushfires. The Wine Down Pop Up project will see the luxury pods placed at Seville Estate in the Yarra Valley (28 February-28 March), Montalto on the Mornington Peninsula (3 April– 2 May) and All Saints Estate in Rutherglen (8 May–7 June). Each winery will offer accommodation in two converted shipping containers plus a hot tub and special wine bar, accompanied by a virtual-reality experience to inspire travel to other wine regions in Victoria. The containers will be powered by solar generators, making Wine Down Pop Up a carbon neutral operation. In 2019, the project proved an overwhelming success with 95 per cent occupancy across three months at vineyard locations in the King Valley, Macedon and South Gippsland. The Andrews Labor Government is backing the regional tourism industry in the wake of recent bushfires with increased marketing activities from Visit Victoria, a Bushfire Recovery round of the Regional Events Fund and the Business & Sport for Bushfire Recovery program which has seen more than 220 companies come on board. Tourism is an important employer in regional Victoria, supporting more than 90,000 jobs. In the year ending September 2019, regional Victoria welcomed more than 60 million domestic and international visitors, who spent an estimated $11.5 billion. Visit Victoria has partnered with sustainable designers Contained to deliver Wine Down Pop Up for a second year, with bookings available at contained.com.au/hotel. Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Now is the time to book your regional Victorian getaway, because a short stay really does go a long way.” “Wine Down Pop Up offers a unique experience and will help to support tourism businesses and workers from across the state.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Clever initiatives like Wine Down Pop Up are invaluable in promoting our stunning wine regions, and that helps to grow jobs and keep local communities strong.”  Quote attributable to Visit Victoria chief executive Brendan McClements “Regional Victoria has attractions and accommodation for visitors of every description, and this is a terrific temporary addition to our offerings.”

Track Project Boost For Wodonga Racing

Work will start today on major irrigaton improvements at Wodonga racecourse, enabled by significant support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula announced that the Government was providing $300,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the works, with the Wodonga and District Racing Club and Racing Victoria pitching in a collective $300,000. With eight meetings this season headlined by the popular Caulfield Cup Day, Wodonga Cup and Colts and Fillies Day, Wodonga continues to go from strength to strength. The project announced today will see a new irrigation system installed around the course proper and sand track with above-ground sprinklers, a control system and new pump shed. Importantly, the new system will save water and ensure the integrity of the track come rain, hail or shine. Since 1 December 2014, the Labor Government has approved more than $760,000 to support nine infrastructure projects and six meetings at Wodonga racecourse. The thoroughbred racing industry in regional Victoria generates more than $715 million for the economy and helps sustain over 6,100 full time equivalent jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “We’re proud to support this project, which will benefit all participants including the thousands of people who attend meetings at Wodonga each year.” “These upgrades will help club staff to keep the track in top shape, year round.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Wodonga and District Racing Club has been an important part of the community for a long time and we’re making sure that it stays that way.” Quote attributable to Wodonga and District Turf Club president Kevin Richardson “We thank the Victorian Government for supporting our racecourse upgrade. Having a better way to irrigate the course puts us in a great position to make future race days bigger and better than ever.”

Track Project Boost For Wodonga Racing

Work will start today on major irrigaton improvements at Wodonga racecourse, enabled by significant support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula announced that the Government was providing $300,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the works, with the Wodonga and District Racing Club and Racing Victoria pitching in a collective $300,000. With eight meetings this season headlined by the popular Caulfield Cup Day, Wodonga Cup and Colts and Fillies Day, Wodonga continues to go from strength to strength. The project announced today will see a new irrigation system installed around the course proper and sand track with above-ground sprinklers, a control system and new pump shed. Importantly, the new system will save water and ensure the integrity of the track come rain, hail or shine. Since 1 December 2014, the Labor Government has approved more than $760,000 to support nine infrastructure projects and six meetings at Wodonga racecourse. The thoroughbred racing industry in regional Victoria generates more than $715 million for the economy and helps sustain over 6,100 full time equivalent jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “We’re proud to support this project, which will benefit all participants including the thousands of people who attend meetings at Wodonga each year.” “These upgrades will help club staff to keep the track in top shape, year round.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Wodonga and District Racing Club has been an important part of the community for a long time and we’re making sure that it stays that way.” Quote attributable to Wodonga and District Turf Club president Kevin Richardson “We thank the Victorian Government for supporting our racecourse upgrade. Having a better way to irrigate the course puts us in a great position to make future race days bigger and better than ever.”

Premium Victorian Produce Leads The World At Gulfood

Victoria’s world-class produce will be showcased to an international audience this week in the Middle East as more than 25 leading food and beverage companies continue a growing presence in the global food market. Consumer Affairs and Suburban Development Minister Marlene Kairouz today officially opened the Victorian Government stand at Gulfood, Dubai which attracts up to 100,000 visitors across five days. Gulfood is the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade show and is particularly important for Victoria, with our food and fibre exports to the Middle East and North Africa worth $1.1 billion in 2018-19. The UAE market represents 30 per cent of Victoria’s food and fibre exports to the region with meat, grain, dairy and processed foods Victoria’s highest value exports. In 2018/19 Victorian exports showing the greatest growth included meat (up 8 per cent) and seafood (up 41 per cent). The major trade event is a vital opportunity to show that despite the recent bushfires, Victoria is open for business and trading partners can continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of Australian agriculture and food exports. The Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing support of Victorian companies is part of its ambitious target to grow global food and fibre exports to $20 billion by 2030. This includes the launch of Global Table – the largest food and business event ever staged in Victoria which received more than 3,000 visitors over the three-day event in 2019. Global Table is part of the Labor Government’s $15 million Taste Victoria initiative which is helping Victoria grow its presence in the global food market and capture future export opportunities. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs and Suburban Development Marlene Kairouz “The United Arab Emirates is one of Victoria’s most important food and fibre export markets, worth $339 million in export value to our state in the last financial year.” “International food and fibre trade events like Gulfood are critical to the success of our agriculture sector and we are working together with industry to reach our ambitious target of growing Victoria’s food and fibre exports.” Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Victoria is internationally renowned for our premium produce – we’re proud to show the hard work of our producers on the world’s largest trade stage at Gulfood.”

Premium Victorian Produce Leads The World At Gulfood

Victoria’s world-class produce will be showcased to an international audience this week in the Middle East as more than 25 leading food and beverage companies continue a growing presence in the global food market. Consumer Affairs and Suburban Development Minister Marlene Kairouz today officially opened the Victorian Government stand at Gulfood, Dubai which attracts up to 100,000 visitors across five days. Gulfood is the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade show and is particularly important for Victoria, with our food and fibre exports to the Middle East and North Africa worth $1.1 billion in 2018-19. The UAE market represents 30 per cent of Victoria’s food and fibre exports to the region with meat, grain, dairy and processed foods Victoria’s highest value exports. In 2018/19 Victorian exports showing the greatest growth included meat (up 8 per cent) and seafood (up 41 per cent). The major trade event is a vital opportunity to show that despite the recent bushfires, Victoria is open for business and trading partners can continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of Australian agriculture and food exports. The Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing support of Victorian companies is part of its ambitious target to grow global food and fibre exports to $20 billion by 2030. This includes the launch of Global Table – the largest food and business event ever staged in Victoria which received more than 3,000 visitors over the three-day event in 2019. Global Table is part of the Labor Government’s $15 million Taste Victoria initiative which is helping Victoria grow its presence in the global food market and capture future export opportunities. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs and Suburban Development Marlene Kairouz “The United Arab Emirates is one of Victoria’s most important food and fibre export markets, worth $339 million in export value to our state in the last financial year.” “International food and fibre trade events like Gulfood are critical to the success of our agriculture sector and we are working together with industry to reach our ambitious target of growing Victoria’s food and fibre exports.” Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Victoria is internationally renowned for our premium produce – we’re proud to show the hard work of our producers on the world’s largest trade stage at Gulfood.”

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