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ARCHITECT APPOINTED FOR WANGARATTA HIGH SCHOOL UPGRADE

Better facilities are on their way for students at Wangaratta High School with the appointment of an architect to design the school’s important upgrade thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes announced ‘Chaulk Studio’ would design works to be undertaken at Wangaratta High School as part of the second round Minor Capital Works Fund.   The Labor Government has provided $495,514 to go towards upgrading the VCAL kitchen at Wangaratta High School. Benefiting senior students preparing to enter the workforce. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $41.8 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. Schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. In the past eight years, the Victorian Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is ahead of schedule in its commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Wangaratta families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive with the appointment of Chaulk Studio.”

ARCHITECT APPOINTED FOR WANGARATTA HIGH SCHOOL UPGRADE

Better facilities are on their way for students at Wangaratta High School with the appointment of an architect to design the school’s important upgrade thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes announced ‘Chaulk Studio’ would design works to be undertaken at Wangaratta High School as part of the second round Minor Capital Works Fund.   The Labor Government has provided $495,514 to go towards upgrading the VCAL kitchen at Wangaratta High School. Benefiting senior students preparing to enter the workforce. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $41.8 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. Schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. In the past eight years, the Victorian Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is ahead of schedule in its commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Wangaratta families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive with the appointment of Chaulk Studio.”

VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS AND JUNIOR GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Victorian Government is providing a major funding boost to volunteers and young people across the state, including in Northern Victoria to help them protect and restore the natural environment in our area. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that the 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants and the 2022 Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open and aim to help volunteers and kids across the state protect Victoria’s environment. As part of the Victorian Landcare Grants, $3.35 million is available for grants of up to $20,000 to fund on-ground projects that protect, enhance, and restore land and environment across Northern Victoria.  Support grants of up to $500 are also available to help with group administration and running costs. The grants are open to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. As part of the 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, $450,000 of funding will be provided to environmental projects at schools, kindergartens, preschools, childcare centres and other youth groups across the state. Grants of up to $5000 will be available for projects that provide youth with an opportunity to participate in hands-on biodiversity projects or educate them in valuing and actively caring for biodiversity the environment. Both grant programs support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s 20-year plan to protect Victoria’s environment and native species. For more information about how to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “These grants will help volunteers and youth across the north east restore and improve habitats for our native plants and animals.” “We know Victorians love being out in nature – and we are investing to ensure our precious and unique environment can be enjoyed by future generations.” “This funding will assist our hard-working volunteers, community groups and youth to continue caring for our local natural environment.”

VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS AND JUNIOR GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Victorian Government is providing a major funding boost to volunteers and young people across the state, including in Northern Victoria to help them protect and restore the natural environment in our area. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that the 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants and the 2022 Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open and aim to help volunteers and kids across the state protect Victoria’s environment. As part of the Victorian Landcare Grants, $3.35 million is available for grants of up to $20,000 to fund on-ground projects that protect, enhance, and restore land and environment across Northern Victoria.  Support grants of up to $500 are also available to help with group administration and running costs. The grants are open to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. As part of the 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, $450,000 of funding will be provided to environmental projects at schools, kindergartens, preschools, childcare centres and other youth groups across the state. Grants of up to $5000 will be available for projects that provide youth with an opportunity to participate in hands-on biodiversity projects or educate them in valuing and actively caring for biodiversity the environment. Both grant programs support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s 20-year plan to protect Victoria’s environment and native species. For more information about how to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “These grants will help volunteers and youth across the north east restore and improve habitats for our native plants and animals.” “We know Victorians love being out in nature – and we are investing to ensure our precious and unique environment can be enjoyed by future generations.” “This funding will assist our hard-working volunteers, community groups and youth to continue caring for our local natural environment.”

FISH STOCKED IN TIME FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Families and children can look forward to casting a line these school holidays – with thousands of fish stocked into waters across north-east Victoria. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced almost 9,000 catchable sized rainbow trout have now been stocked into 20 lakes across the north. The stockings have been funded by recreational fishing licence fees and form part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $35 million Go Fishing Victoria plan to get more people fishing, more often. Rainbow trout are a great stocking option for children and beginners because they’re easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures. Stocked lakes also feature fishing platforms, bankside tracks and picnic areas – which create safe and convenient access for families to give fishing a go. Stocked waters across north-east Victoria for these school holidays include: Allans Flat Dredge Hole (750) Anderson Lake (500) Euroa Arboretum Dam (300) Bartlett Lake (150) Eildon Pondage Weir (1,000) Felltimber Creek Wetlands (600) Glenrowan Rec Reserve (600) Longwood Golf Course Dam (300) Les Stone Park Lake (300) Marysville Lake (450) Merriwa Park (200) Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake (150) Numurkah Lake (200) Lake Sambell (450) Shadforth Reserve Island Pond (200) Stanley Ditch Dam (500) Sumsion Gardens Lake (400) Tronoh (Top) Harrietville Dredge Hole (400) Upper Sandy Creek Dam (750) Victoria Lake (750) The stocked rainbow trout have been grown by the Victorian Fisheries Authority at the Snobs Creek hatchery near Eildon. A daily bag limit of five trout applies in lakes, of which only two trout can exceed 35 centimeters. A total of 35,000 catchable sized rainbow trout have been stocked into more than 70 waters state-wide. For the full list of state-wide waterways stocked for these school holidays visit: www.vfa.vic.gov.au/holidaytrout Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Stocking our waters with rainbow trout provides the perfect opportunity for families and kids to get outdoors and try their luck casting a line these school holidays.” “Rainbow trout are ideal for fishers of all ages and skill levels as they’re relatively easy to catch – making it a great day out on the water.”

FISH STOCKED IN TIME FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Families and children can look forward to casting a line these school holidays – with thousands of fish stocked into waters across north-east Victoria. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced almost 9,000 catchable sized rainbow trout have now been stocked into 20 lakes across the north. The stockings have been funded by recreational fishing licence fees and form part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $35 million Go Fishing Victoria plan to get more people fishing, more often. Rainbow trout are a great stocking option for children and beginners because they’re easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures. Stocked lakes also feature fishing platforms, bankside tracks and picnic areas – which create safe and convenient access for families to give fishing a go. Stocked waters across north-east Victoria for these school holidays include: Allans Flat Dredge Hole (750) Anderson Lake (500) Euroa Arboretum Dam (300) Bartlett Lake (150) Eildon Pondage Weir (1,000) Felltimber Creek Wetlands (600) Glenrowan Rec Reserve (600) Longwood Golf Course Dam (300) Les Stone Park Lake (300) Marysville Lake (450) Merriwa Park (200) Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake (150) Numurkah Lake (200) Lake Sambell (450) Shadforth Reserve Island Pond (200) Stanley Ditch Dam (500) Sumsion Gardens Lake (400) Tronoh (Top) Harrietville Dredge Hole (400) Upper Sandy Creek Dam (750) Victoria Lake (750) The stocked rainbow trout have been grown by the Victorian Fisheries Authority at the Snobs Creek hatchery near Eildon. A daily bag limit of five trout applies in lakes, of which only two trout can exceed 35 centimeters. A total of 35,000 catchable sized rainbow trout have been stocked into more than 70 waters state-wide. For the full list of state-wide waterways stocked for these school holidays visit: www.vfa.vic.gov.au/holidaytrout Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Stocking our waters with rainbow trout provides the perfect opportunity for families and kids to get outdoors and try their luck casting a line these school holidays.” “Rainbow trout are ideal for fishers of all ages and skill levels as they’re relatively easy to catch – making it a great day out on the water.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR YOUNG VICTORIANS IN NORTHERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is today making the biggest single investment in student mental health in Australian history – delivering the support young Victorians need to grow up happy and healthy, and catching mental health concerns earlier so children aren’t slipping through the cracks of the system. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $200 million to expand the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools program to every single government and low-fee non-government primary school in Victoria – 1800 school campuses. Scaling up across the state from 2023, by 2026 every school will employ a Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader to implement a whole-school approach to wellbeing. This will support individual students, help teachers better identify and support at-risk students, and build relationships and referral pathways to local mental health services. The program builds on a successful pilot with 100 schools across Victoria in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne, where more than 95 per cent of Mental Health and Wellbeing Leaders said the model improved their school’s capacity to support students’ mental health and wellbeing needs. Since the start of the trials students have improved mental health and wellbeing, as well as improved social, academic and vocational outcomes. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlighted that schools play an important role in identifying children with mental health and wellbeing challenges who can then be referred to treatment, care and support if needed. The Labor Government has already delivered mental health workers in every government secondary and specialist school – and the Royal Commission encouraged us to build on the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools Pilot by expanding the program to more schools across the state. Half of all cases of anxiety, mood, impulse control and substance use disorders manifest by the age of 14. Research suggests students with mental health concerns are behind their peers in Grade 3, falling further behind throughout school. This investment comes as the Labor Government today introduces the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act – a historic milestone in Victoria’s work to build a mental health system that delivers tailored care to all Victorians, close to home. The Bill replaces the current Mental Health Act 2014, setting out rights-based objectives and principles for responsive services to make sure people seeking care are involved in decisions about their treatment and support, as well as incorporating a statement of recognition and acknowledgement of treaty process. Lived experience will be a central pillar of the new system and embedded in new entities, including regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Boards, and through a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The Commission will provide statewide oversight of the mental health and wellbeing system, including through a new complaints resolution and investigation process, and will hold government to account for the performance of the system and the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations. The Bill establishes Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Victoria, a body to champion the voice of young people with lived experience on its governing board and advisory body. This youth body will also be able to commission specialist services, with Orygen announced as the inaugural partner for youth services in the North and West areas of metropolitan Melbourne. The new legislation is just the first step in building the foundations for a world-class mental health system, and just one part of the story. As soon as Parliament passes the new Act, the Independent Review of compulsory treatment criteria and alignment of decision-making laws will begin. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $1.3 billion in mental health and wellbeing, building on last year’s record investment of $3.8 billion – the largest single investment in mental health in Victoria’s history. These two historic investments mean work is underway on 90 per cent of Royal Commission recommendations. This includes $29.3 million for dedicated resources to support implementation of the new legislation, including through comprehensive workforce training and support for consumers, families, carers and supporters to understand their rights under the new legislation. The investment is also delivering the biggest expansion of the mental health workforce in our state’s history to match reform with a strong, well-supported workforce – with more than 2,500 roles already created since the Royal Commission’s final report was handed down. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know the earlier in life young Victorians get mental health support, the better their changes of staying happy and healthy throughout adulthood.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re making sure every Victorian child in Northern Victoria has access to safe, tailored care through their trusted school environment – giving them the care they need, when they need it, close to home.” “The introduction of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill to Parliament is a proud and historic moment in building our new mental health system, and one that will make a profound change to the way we support Victorians for generations to come.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR YOUNG VICTORIANS IN NORTHERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is today making the biggest single investment in student mental health in Australian history – delivering the support young Victorians need to grow up happy and healthy, and catching mental health concerns earlier so children aren’t slipping through the cracks of the system. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $200 million to expand the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools program to every single government and low-fee non-government primary school in Victoria – 1800 school campuses. Scaling up across the state from 2023, by 2026 every school will employ a Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader to implement a whole-school approach to wellbeing. This will support individual students, help teachers better identify and support at-risk students, and build relationships and referral pathways to local mental health services. The program builds on a successful pilot with 100 schools across Victoria in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne, where more than 95 per cent of Mental Health and Wellbeing Leaders said the model improved their school’s capacity to support students’ mental health and wellbeing needs. Since the start of the trials students have improved mental health and wellbeing, as well as improved social, academic and vocational outcomes. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlighted that schools play an important role in identifying children with mental health and wellbeing challenges who can then be referred to treatment, care and support if needed. The Labor Government has already delivered mental health workers in every government secondary and specialist school – and the Royal Commission encouraged us to build on the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools Pilot by expanding the program to more schools across the state. Half of all cases of anxiety, mood, impulse control and substance use disorders manifest by the age of 14. Research suggests students with mental health concerns are behind their peers in Grade 3, falling further behind throughout school. This investment comes as the Labor Government today introduces the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act – a historic milestone in Victoria’s work to build a mental health system that delivers tailored care to all Victorians, close to home. The Bill replaces the current Mental Health Act 2014, setting out rights-based objectives and principles for responsive services to make sure people seeking care are involved in decisions about their treatment and support, as well as incorporating a statement of recognition and acknowledgement of treaty process. Lived experience will be a central pillar of the new system and embedded in new entities, including regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Boards, and through a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The Commission will provide statewide oversight of the mental health and wellbeing system, including through a new complaints resolution and investigation process, and will hold government to account for the performance of the system and the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations. The Bill establishes Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Victoria, a body to champion the voice of young people with lived experience on its governing board and advisory body. This youth body will also be able to commission specialist services, with Orygen announced as the inaugural partner for youth services in the North and West areas of metropolitan Melbourne. The new legislation is just the first step in building the foundations for a world-class mental health system, and just one part of the story. As soon as Parliament passes the new Act, the Independent Review of compulsory treatment criteria and alignment of decision-making laws will begin. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $1.3 billion in mental health and wellbeing, building on last year’s record investment of $3.8 billion – the largest single investment in mental health in Victoria’s history. These two historic investments mean work is underway on 90 per cent of Royal Commission recommendations. This includes $29.3 million for dedicated resources to support implementation of the new legislation, including through comprehensive workforce training and support for consumers, families, carers and supporters to understand their rights under the new legislation. The investment is also delivering the biggest expansion of the mental health workforce in our state’s history to match reform with a strong, well-supported workforce – with more than 2,500 roles already created since the Royal Commission’s final report was handed down. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know the earlier in life young Victorians get mental health support, the better their changes of staying happy and healthy throughout adulthood.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re making sure every Victorian child in Northern Victoria has access to safe, tailored care through their trusted school environment – giving them the care they need, when they need it, close to home.” “The introduction of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill to Parliament is a proud and historic moment in building our new mental health system, and one that will make a profound change to the way we support Victorians for generations to come.”

 

LOCAL ARTISTS SUPPORTED FOR REGIONAL TOUR

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting local artists to reconnect with audiences through Touring Victoria, while delivering the best productions and performances to regional locations. Artists and creative organisations from across Northern Victoria are invited to hit the road and take their performances, exhibitions and events across regional and outer-metropolitan Victoria. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has called for applications for the Andrews Labor Government’s Touring Victoria program which provides grants of between $10,000 and $250,000 to support tours by Victorian arts and cultural organisations and creatives. The most recent round of grants supported regional tours from such diverse acts as singer Kutcha Edwards, all-female circus-comedy show Trash Test Dummies, The Australian Ballet, Finucane and Smith and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. This new program means that audiences in Northern Victoria can expect even more of the best live theatre, music and cultural events up ahead. Touring productions also provide an economic boost to the towns and regions they visit. The 2022 round of the program will support touring activity that hits the road from 1 November 2022. For more information including program guidelines, eligibility and how to apply, visit creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support. Applications close on 14 July 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re supporting our creative community to hit the road and re-connect with audiences across the state, delivering the cultural experiences that make Victoria our nations cultural heartland.” “Touring Victoria not only brings amazing gigs and experiences to Northern Victoria, it supports our local creatives to present their work, build their audiences and bring visitors from across the state.”

LOCAL ARTISTS SUPPORTED FOR REGIONAL TOUR

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting local artists to reconnect with audiences through Touring Victoria, while delivering the best productions and performances to regional locations. Artists and creative organisations from across Northern Victoria are invited to hit the road and take their performances, exhibitions and events across regional and outer-metropolitan Victoria. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has called for applications for the Andrews Labor Government’s Touring Victoria program which provides grants of between $10,000 and $250,000 to support tours by Victorian arts and cultural organisations and creatives. The most recent round of grants supported regional tours from such diverse acts as singer Kutcha Edwards, all-female circus-comedy show Trash Test Dummies, The Australian Ballet, Finucane and Smith and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. This new program means that audiences in Northern Victoria can expect even more of the best live theatre, music and cultural events up ahead. Touring productions also provide an economic boost to the towns and regions they visit. The 2022 round of the program will support touring activity that hits the road from 1 November 2022. For more information including program guidelines, eligibility and how to apply, visit creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support. Applications close on 14 July 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re supporting our creative community to hit the road and re-connect with audiences across the state, delivering the cultural experiences that make Victoria our nations cultural heartland.” “Touring Victoria not only brings amazing gigs and experiences to Northern Victoria, it supports our local creatives to present their work, build their audiences and bring visitors from across the state.”

NORTHERN VICTORIAN CLUBS URGED TO APPLY FOR SPORTING CLUB GRANTS

Grassroots sports and active recreation clubs and organisations across Northern Victoria are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced applications had opened for the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of the Sporting Club Grants Program. The program provides payments of up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment (including defibrillators), up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. Grassroots clubs and organisations in Northern Victoria are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to make community sport accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities, and increase local participation. The program has provided more than 9,100 grants totalling more than $13.8 million to clubs across the state since 2015. It is complemented by the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package that provided $50 million to more than 7,500 clubs, leagues, state associations and other organisations across the sport and active recreation sector. For more information and to apply for the Sporting Club Grants Program, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “Sport is the lifeblood of Victorian communities. That’s why we’re backing more clubs to help with uniforms and equipment, plus grants to investment in the future through training for coaches and volunteers.” “This is about helping clubs get back in the game so more Victorians can join in the fun and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport offers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs across the north east the support they need to come back better than ever from the recent restrictions, grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “I encourage all our local clubs in Northern Victoria to grasp this opportunity and apply.”

NORTHERN VICTORIAN CLUBS URGED TO APPLY FOR SPORTING CLUB GRANTS

Grassroots sports and active recreation clubs and organisations across Northern Victoria are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced applications had opened for the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of the Sporting Club Grants Program. The program provides payments of up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment (including defibrillators), up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. Grassroots clubs and organisations in Northern Victoria are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to make community sport accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities, and increase local participation. The program has provided more than 9,100 grants totalling more than $13.8 million to clubs across the state since 2015. It is complemented by the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package that provided $50 million to more than 7,500 clubs, leagues, state associations and other organisations across the sport and active recreation sector. For more information and to apply for the Sporting Club Grants Program, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “Sport is the lifeblood of Victorian communities. That’s why we’re backing more clubs to help with uniforms and equipment, plus grants to investment in the future through training for coaches and volunteers.” “This is about helping clubs get back in the game so more Victorians can join in the fun and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport offers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs across the north east the support they need to come back better than ever from the recent restrictions, grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “I encourage all our local clubs in Northern Victoria to grasp this opportunity and apply.”

NEW BROADFORD FIRE STATION OFFICIALLY OPEN

The community of Broadford is home to a brand-new fire station, giving local firefighters a modern base to continue their important work thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes visited the new Broadford CFA Fire Brigade and its members to mark the station’s official opening. The $2.3 million dollar station was funded by the Labor Government through CFA Capital Works Program and is located alongside Broadford’s Ambulance Victoria station. The new fire station boasts three drive-through engine bays, male and female changing rooms, a large multi-purpose room for training and brigade meetings, a workshop and separate external shed, a training yard for brigade members and a brigade office. Special facilities at this staton include a compressor room, where breathing apparatus cylinders can be recharged. This supports brigades across the region, particularly those located in the Hume, Mitchell, Murrindindi and Yea catchments. Broadford has a long and proud history of fire fighting, with the Broadford Rural Fire Brigade established in 1934 and an Urban Fire Brigade in 1947. These two brigades merged more than 30 years ago to form the current brigade. The Broadford Fire Brigade had an important role during the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires, with members travelling on strike teams to Wodonga and NSW to support local firefighting efforts and take on incident management roles. This brigade was also integral in responding to the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires, which severly impacted the surrounding community. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes “I am beyond thrilled to see this station finally open – I know just how long this brigade has been campaigning for new facilities so it’s a proud moment to have helped deliver them and to see them up and running.” “The new fire station gives brigade members the modern base they need to keep up their important work fighting fires, and in giving back to the community.”

NEW BROADFORD FIRE STATION OFFICIALLY OPEN

The community of Broadford is home to a brand-new fire station, giving local firefighters a modern base to continue their important work thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes visited the new Broadford CFA Fire Brigade and its members to mark the station’s official opening. The $2.3 million dollar station was funded by the Labor Government through CFA Capital Works Program and is located alongside Broadford’s Ambulance Victoria station. The new fire station boasts three drive-through engine bays, male and female changing rooms, a large multi-purpose room for training and brigade meetings, a workshop and separate external shed, a training yard for brigade members and a brigade office. Special facilities at this staton include a compressor room, where breathing apparatus cylinders can be recharged. This supports brigades across the region, particularly those located in the Hume, Mitchell, Murrindindi and Yea catchments. Broadford has a long and proud history of fire fighting, with the Broadford Rural Fire Brigade established in 1934 and an Urban Fire Brigade in 1947. These two brigades merged more than 30 years ago to form the current brigade. The Broadford Fire Brigade had an important role during the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires, with members travelling on strike teams to Wodonga and NSW to support local firefighting efforts and take on incident management roles. This brigade was also integral in responding to the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires, which severly impacted the surrounding community. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes “I am beyond thrilled to see this station finally open – I know just how long this brigade has been campaigning for new facilities so it’s a proud moment to have helped deliver them and to see them up and running.” “The new fire station gives brigade members the modern base they need to keep up their important work fighting fires, and in giving back to the community.”

HIGH COUNTRY FIZZING WITH NEW TOURISM JOBS

The Andrews Labor Government is creating more reasons to toast the High Country by investing in projects to attract more visitors and boost local jobs in the King Valley and Milawa. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes announced five projects across the High Country’s famous wine region that will share in $4.24 million from the Regional Tourism Investment Fund and the Enabling Tourism Fund allowing them to advance construction and planning for new attractions in the region. Through the Regional Tourism Investment Fund, Pizzini Wines will receive $2.2 million towards a new 50 seat restaurant, tasting spaces and a refreshed cooking school. The project will create 36 direct and indirect jobs during construction and 24 direct and indirect jobs once complete. Darling Estate Wines will receive $170,000 to develop a new cellar door with views across the vineyard to Mount Cobbler allowing the winery to attract visitors year-round. Using timbers and tin from the estate’s heritage shearing shed, the cellar door will reflect the 100-year history of the Darling family in the King Valley. Brown Brothers in Milawa will receive $1.17 million to enhance their customer experience offering, bringing together the Cellar Door and Restaurant with the broader vineyard. The redevelopment will allow visitors to see and learn about a working winery. Through the Enabling Tourism Fund, Mountain View Hotel will receive $380,000 to support detailed design for a new accommodation offering in the King Valley, and Dal Zotto Wines will receive $320,000 to advance planning of its ‘Home of Prosecco’ project to strengthen the Prosecco Road as an epicurean experience by expanding the current hospitality facilities. The Andrews Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund and Enabling Tourism Fund are helping entice more visitors to Victoria’s regions, driving private investment and accelerating the recovery of the tourism sector. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes: “I’m really proud to help back ideas which not only create jobs, they showcase the region’s incredible food and wine and the people behind it.” “These projects will be new and exciting reasons for even more people to come and explore what the north east has to offer year-round.”

HIGH COUNTRY FIZZING WITH NEW TOURISM JOBS

The Andrews Labor Government is creating more reasons to toast the High Country by investing in projects to attract more visitors and boost local jobs in the King Valley and Milawa. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes announced five projects across the High Country’s famous wine region that will share in $4.24 million from the Regional Tourism Investment Fund and the Enabling Tourism Fund allowing them to advance construction and planning for new attractions in the region. Through the Regional Tourism Investment Fund, Pizzini Wines will receive $2.2 million towards a new 50 seat restaurant, tasting spaces and a refreshed cooking school. The project will create 36 direct and indirect jobs during construction and 24 direct and indirect jobs once complete. Darling Estate Wines will receive $170,000 to develop a new cellar door with views across the vineyard to Mount Cobbler allowing the winery to attract visitors year-round. Using timbers and tin from the estate’s heritage shearing shed, the cellar door will reflect the 100-year history of the Darling family in the King Valley. Brown Brothers in Milawa will receive $1.17 million to enhance their customer experience offering, bringing together the Cellar Door and Restaurant with the broader vineyard. The redevelopment will allow visitors to see and learn about a working winery. Through the Enabling Tourism Fund, Mountain View Hotel will receive $380,000 to support detailed design for a new accommodation offering in the King Valley, and Dal Zotto Wines will receive $320,000 to advance planning of its ‘Home of Prosecco’ project to strengthen the Prosecco Road as an epicurean experience by expanding the current hospitality facilities. The Andrews Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund and Enabling Tourism Fund are helping entice more visitors to Victoria’s regions, driving private investment and accelerating the recovery of the tourism sector. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes: “I’m really proud to help back ideas which not only create jobs, they showcase the region’s incredible food and wine and the people behind it.” “These projects will be new and exciting reasons for even more people to come and explore what the north east has to offer year-round.”