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Sheep Shearing Training Proceeds At A Fast Clip

More Victorians will have access to training to become highly-skilled sheep shearers thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government. Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today visited a shearing facility at Barunah Plains, outside Geelong, one of eight locations across Victoria where training is being delivered to address the skill shortage in the state’s growing wool sector. The Government’s $1.2 million investment is supporting the shearing industry, South West TAFE and two niche providers of shearing training in Victoria to increase the number of teachers to deliver shearing training at more locations across Victoria. It is also creating an entry level qualification to help retention rates at the Certificate II and Certificate III levels of Sheep Shearing and upgrade and improve existing learning resources. This funding boost will help more people complete the formal training pathway through to the Certificate III in Shearing, a professional level qualification. Training has been funded for 125 enrolments for three accredited shearing qualifications across eight regional locations. The qualifications are Introductory Shearing, Certificate II in Shearing and Certificate III in Shearing. Some training was put on hold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, however it is now fully under way using social distancing for the busy June to November period, when the peak of shearing activity occurs. South West TAFE is also working with industry to provide resources and training for additional shearing teachers. Training is recognised as a valuable way to enter the industry, rather than an informal approach. It also builds the capacity of existing staff through improved work practices, such as shearing speed and quality and reduced injury levels and promotes shearing as an attractive and viable career. Shearing has been at the heart of so many regional Victorian towns for generations – and this investment will usher in a new generation of shearers and give them the skills they need to secure lifelong careers. Victoria exported $2.1 billion worth of wool in 2017/18, and this training program will grow the industry further by creating new jobs and attracting more qualified shearers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “We’re working to ensure our pool of highly-skilled shearers is keeping up with the growth of Victoria’s wool industry and upholding our reputation for quality produce.” “Students shouldn’t have to move far away from home to get a great education – and we’re proud to be supporting more shearing training to be spread over more locations across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Shearing has been at the heart of countless country towns in Victoria for many years. This investment strengthens those skills that’ve been passed down through the generations and invests in a new generation of shearers.”

Sheep Shearing Training Proceeds At A Fast Clip

More Victorians will have access to training to become highly-skilled sheep shearers thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government. Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today visited a shearing facility at Barunah Plains, outside Geelong, one of eight locations across Victoria where training is being delivered to address the skill shortage in the state’s growing wool sector. The Government’s $1.2 million investment is supporting the shearing industry, South West TAFE and two niche providers of shearing training in Victoria to increase the number of teachers to deliver shearing training at more locations across Victoria. It is also creating an entry level qualification to help retention rates at the Certificate II and Certificate III levels of Sheep Shearing and upgrade and improve existing learning resources. This funding boost will help more people complete the formal training pathway through to the Certificate III in Shearing, a professional level qualification. Training has been funded for 125 enrolments for three accredited shearing qualifications across eight regional locations. The qualifications are Introductory Shearing, Certificate II in Shearing and Certificate III in Shearing. Some training was put on hold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, however it is now fully under way using social distancing for the busy June to November period, when the peak of shearing activity occurs. South West TAFE is also working with industry to provide resources and training for additional shearing teachers. Training is recognised as a valuable way to enter the industry, rather than an informal approach. It also builds the capacity of existing staff through improved work practices, such as shearing speed and quality and reduced injury levels and promotes shearing as an attractive and viable career. Shearing has been at the heart of so many regional Victorian towns for generations – and this investment will usher in a new generation of shearers and give them the skills they need to secure lifelong careers. Victoria exported $2.1 billion worth of wool in 2017/18, and this training program will grow the industry further by creating new jobs and attracting more qualified shearers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “We’re working to ensure our pool of highly-skilled shearers is keeping up with the growth of Victoria’s wool industry and upholding our reputation for quality produce.” “Students shouldn’t have to move far away from home to get a great education – and we’re proud to be supporting more shearing training to be spread over more locations across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Shearing has been at the heart of countless country towns in Victoria for many years. This investment strengthens those skills that’ve been passed down through the generations and invests in a new generation of shearers.”

Getting Behind Regional Tourism Businesses – And Families

The Victorian Government is backing regional accommodation businesses affected by the lockdown on some metropolitan suburbs with a fund to assist operators who will lose income due to cancelled bookings. More than 300,000 Melburnians living in 10 postcodes are subject to strict stay at home orders until 11.59pm on 29 July, meaning many will be forced to cancel holidays they had previously booked at locations across the state. Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula announced that payments from a $5 million fund would be made available to regional businesses including motels, caravan parks and short-term rentals such as Airbnb properties that could demonstrate losses due to the new restrictions required to slow the spread of coronavirus. Payments of up to $225 per cancelled booked night will be paid, with conditions including that full refunds are provided and no cancellation fees are levied. The fund means that there is no good reason that families who had booked for precious time away in rural and regional Victoria and now have to cancel, through no fault of their own, will be out of pocket. Accommodation businesses in 48 regional local government areas as well as the Yarra Ranges and the Mornington Peninsula shires will be covered for eligible bookings that were received from “hot zone” postcodes 3038, 3064, 3047, 3060, 3012, 3032, 3055, 3042, 3021, 3046  by 3pm on 30 June for the period 1 July to 29 July. The $5 million support for regional accommodation businesses follows confirmation of one-off $5,000 payments that will be made available for eligible businesses in the 10 postcode areas subject to the return of Stage 3 restrictions. Businesses that have received payroll tax refunds and waivers or $10,000 Business Support Fund grants are eligible for the further $5,000 grants. Businesses can register for the $5,000 local lockdowns grant and the regional accommodation support fund at www.business.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “We know that the last thing that regional accommodation houses and caravan parks needed was more obstacles after six months of struggle due to bushfires and coronavirus.” “Lockdowns bring no joy to anyone, but we’re standing with businesses in the regions and the suburbs as we navigate a path to the other side of this crisis.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “These payments will help these important employers, and it means that there’s no reason that refunds should not be paid to families who will now have to stay at home over the holidays.”

Getting Behind Regional Tourism Businesses – And Families

The Victorian Government is backing regional accommodation businesses affected by the lockdown on some metropolitan suburbs with a fund to assist operators who will lose income due to cancelled bookings. More than 300,000 Melburnians living in 10 postcodes are subject to strict stay at home orders until 11.59pm on 29 July, meaning many will be forced to cancel holidays they had previously booked at locations across the state. Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula announced that payments from a $5 million fund would be made available to regional businesses including motels, caravan parks and short-term rentals such as Airbnb properties that could demonstrate losses due to the new restrictions required to slow the spread of coronavirus. Payments of up to $225 per cancelled booked night will be paid, with conditions including that full refunds are provided and no cancellation fees are levied. The fund means that there is no good reason that families who had booked for precious time away in rural and regional Victoria and now have to cancel, through no fault of their own, will be out of pocket. Accommodation businesses in 48 regional local government areas as well as the Yarra Ranges and the Mornington Peninsula shires will be covered for eligible bookings that were received from “hot zone” postcodes 3038, 3064, 3047, 3060, 3012, 3032, 3055, 3042, 3021, 3046  by 3pm on 30 June for the period 1 July to 29 July. The $5 million support for regional accommodation businesses follows confirmation of one-off $5,000 payments that will be made available for eligible businesses in the 10 postcode areas subject to the return of Stage 3 restrictions. Businesses that have received payroll tax refunds and waivers or $10,000 Business Support Fund grants are eligible for the further $5,000 grants. Businesses can register for the $5,000 local lockdowns grant and the regional accommodation support fund at www.business.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “We know that the last thing that regional accommodation houses and caravan parks needed was more obstacles after six months of struggle due to bushfires and coronavirus.” “Lockdowns bring no joy to anyone, but we’re standing with businesses in the regions and the suburbs as we navigate a path to the other side of this crisis.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “These payments will help these important employers, and it means that there’s no reason that refunds should not be paid to families who will now have to stay at home over the holidays.”

Protecting Victorian Horticulture From Fruit Fly Impacts

Victoria’s key fruit production regions will continue to be protected from the destructive impacts of Queensland fruit fly with an extension of funding from the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced a further $1.72 million in grants in a one-year extension of the Managing Fruit Fly in Victoria Action Plan 2015-20, allowing regional groups to continue the successful implementation of their area wide management programs. Moira Shire will receive $522,800, Agribusiness Yarra Valley $178,840 and Mildura Rural City Council $511,900 to implement regional action plans for 2020-21 on behalf of Regional Governance groups, while also receiving funding for regional coordinators. Queensland fruit fly is present in Victoria and poses a significant threat to our horticulture industries – however populations of the pest have been decreasing since work began on delivering the action plan. The Managing Fruit Fly in Victoria Action Plan is a collaborative effort between industry, community and government to improve fruit fly management. It improves productivity to ensure the high quality produce Victoria is famous for, and benefits the economy with better market access and trade opportunities which protect people and jobs. Through the action plan, regional groups have been taking part in preventative activities that include the removal of thousands of unwanted host trees and the regular monitoring and control of fruit fly hot spots. Industry and regional groups will be involved in reviewing the future strategic direction of fruit fly management in Victoria. This builds on the Government’s commitment to grow Victoria’s food and fibre exports to $20 billion by 2030, through ensuring Victoria’s reputation for safe, premium quality produce and investing in our biosecurity system. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility, and it’s been fantastic to see the work of groups in Sunraysia, the Goulburn Murray Valley and the Yarra Valley step up to manage Queensland fruit fly.” “We know everyone working together is the most effective way to reduce the impact of Queensland fruit fly on our local produce, home gardens and Victoria’s horticulture industry.”

Protecting Victorian Horticulture From Fruit Fly Impacts

Victoria’s key fruit production regions will continue to be protected from the destructive impacts of Queensland fruit fly with an extension of funding from the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced a further $1.72 million in grants in a one-year extension of the Managing Fruit Fly in Victoria Action Plan 2015-20, allowing regional groups to continue the successful implementation of their area wide management programs. Moira Shire will receive $522,800, Agribusiness Yarra Valley $178,840 and Mildura Rural City Council $511,900 to implement regional action plans for 2020-21 on behalf of Regional Governance groups, while also receiving funding for regional coordinators. Queensland fruit fly is present in Victoria and poses a significant threat to our horticulture industries – however populations of the pest have been decreasing since work began on delivering the action plan. The Managing Fruit Fly in Victoria Action Plan is a collaborative effort between industry, community and government to improve fruit fly management. It improves productivity to ensure the high quality produce Victoria is famous for, and benefits the economy with better market access and trade opportunities which protect people and jobs. Through the action plan, regional groups have been taking part in preventative activities that include the removal of thousands of unwanted host trees and the regular monitoring and control of fruit fly hot spots. Industry and regional groups will be involved in reviewing the future strategic direction of fruit fly management in Victoria. This builds on the Government’s commitment to grow Victoria’s food and fibre exports to $20 billion by 2030, through ensuring Victoria’s reputation for safe, premium quality produce and investing in our biosecurity system. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility, and it’s been fantastic to see the work of groups in Sunraysia, the Goulburn Murray Valley and the Yarra Valley step up to manage Queensland fruit fly.” “We know everyone working together is the most effective way to reduce the impact of Queensland fruit fly on our local produce, home gardens and Victoria’s horticulture industry.”

Game Management Authority To Broaden Board Expertise

Three new board members have been appointed to the Game Management Authority (GMA), bringing new skills and experience to the independent regulator. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the appointment of Dr Bronwyn Orr, Corrie Goodwin and Owen Cavanough for a term of three years. Ian Maxfield has also been reappointed to the GMA Board. Dr Bronwyn Orr will bring significant animal welfare expertise to the GMA Board as a veterinarian with a Master of Science in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law. Dr Orr grew up in regional Queensland and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy, focusing on the health of hunting dogs. Ms Goodwin brings additional expertise in land management and public administration to the GMA Board, adding to her extensive regulatory experience in the Australian Dairy Industry. Aboriginal culture and identity knowledge is maintained, with new director Mr Cavanough also bringing practical experience in sustainable and responsible game hunting. The new appointments bring the GMA Board membership to eight Directors, increasing diversity with country Victoria-based members, gender equality, and Aboriginal representation. The GMA works with the community as an independent regulator overseeing game hunting in Victoria through education, research and enforcement to ensure game hunting is conducted in a responsible and sustainable way. The GMA is continuing to adopt best practice approaches to managing deer, duck and quail hunting; investing in research and new technologies to ensure evidence-based regulation. Victoria has more than 50,000 licensed game hunters who contribute to the economies of towns and regional centres across the state, supporting jobs both directly and indirectly. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 delivered a $6 million funding boost to the GMA, which has increased staffing by almost 80 per cent, improved research and hunter engagement, and provided new equipment for officers. The Victorian Government acknowledges the work of outgoing inaugural board members Deputy Chairperson Margaret Donnan and Mark Little for their leadership, hard work and oversight since the establishment of the GMA. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “It’s important that the GMA has wide-ranging experience, to continually improve the way hunting is regulated and our game species are managed.” “The GMA has gone through an important period of reform in recent years, and I look forward to the experience and expertise these new members will bring.”

Game Management Authority To Broaden Board Expertise

Three new board members have been appointed to the Game Management Authority (GMA), bringing new skills and experience to the independent regulator. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the appointment of Dr Bronwyn Orr, Corrie Goodwin and Owen Cavanough for a term of three years. Ian Maxfield has also been reappointed to the GMA Board. Dr Bronwyn Orr will bring significant animal welfare expertise to the GMA Board as a veterinarian with a Master of Science in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law. Dr Orr grew up in regional Queensland and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy, focusing on the health of hunting dogs. Ms Goodwin brings additional expertise in land management and public administration to the GMA Board, adding to her extensive regulatory experience in the Australian Dairy Industry. Aboriginal culture and identity knowledge is maintained, with new director Mr Cavanough also bringing practical experience in sustainable and responsible game hunting. The new appointments bring the GMA Board membership to eight Directors, increasing diversity with country Victoria-based members, gender equality, and Aboriginal representation. The GMA works with the community as an independent regulator overseeing game hunting in Victoria through education, research and enforcement to ensure game hunting is conducted in a responsible and sustainable way. The GMA is continuing to adopt best practice approaches to managing deer, duck and quail hunting; investing in research and new technologies to ensure evidence-based regulation. Victoria has more than 50,000 licensed game hunters who contribute to the economies of towns and regional centres across the state, supporting jobs both directly and indirectly. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 delivered a $6 million funding boost to the GMA, which has increased staffing by almost 80 per cent, improved research and hunter engagement, and provided new equipment for officers. The Victorian Government acknowledges the work of outgoing inaugural board members Deputy Chairperson Margaret Donnan and Mark Little for their leadership, hard work and oversight since the establishment of the GMA. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “It’s important that the GMA has wide-ranging experience, to continually improve the way hunting is regulated and our game species are managed.” “The GMA has gone through an important period of reform in recent years, and I look forward to the experience and expertise these new members will bring.”

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