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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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

SUPPORTING CREATIVE RECOVERY IN NORTHERN VICTORIA

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 Several groups and local creatives have received a boost as recipients of grants through the Andrews Labor Government’s Creative Recovery – Small Grants program. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced grants totalling $69,142 to be shared amongst North East organisations..

BETTER BUS LINKS IMPROVING ACCESS IN BENALLA

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 Getting to and from Benalla’s eastern industrial estate will soon be a lot easier, with the local bus route set to be extended from mid-May thanks to improvements made by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said..

Work Begins On $2.5 Million Seymour Training Centre

11th February 2021 Construction on a new training centre at Seymour GOTAFE will now begin thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, giving students the best learning experience in a state-of-the-art facility. The $2.54 million Health and Community Services Training Facility will feature tutorial rooms, lecture..

New Court Dog “Kiki” To Support Children Giving Evidence

8th February 2021 A program that provides vulnerable witnesses giving evidence in court extra support by having a four-legged friend by their side is being expanded by the Andrews Labor Government. Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes today welcomed Kiki as the newest member of the Court Dog..

SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL CREATIVE SECTOR AND WORKERS

Wednesday, 4 February 2021 Victoria’s nation-leading creative industries will receive more support as creative workers and businesses continue to re-activate the sector with new projects and collaborations – including in Northern Victoria. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes is calling out to local creative workers..

NEW $250 POWER SAVING BONUS TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE VICTORIANS

Tuesday, 2 February 2021 Victorians from low-income households can now access a one-off $250 payment to help with their energy bills, thanks to the Victorian Government’s new Power Saving Bonus. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the new $250 Power Saving Bonus will be..

GRANTS TO BOOST COMMUNITY SAFETY NOW OPEN IN NORTHERN VICTORIA

Friday, 29th January 2021 Applications are now open for grants for councils and community groups to improve community safety by addressing the causes of crime and in their local communities. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes invited councils and not-for-profit organisations across Northern Victoria to..

BOOSTING FOOD RELIEF FOR THE BENALLA COMMUNITY

17th December 2020 The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening food relief services across Benalla, ensuring healthy food reaches Victorians in need. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced local organisation The Salvation Army Benalla have been successful with a grant of $20,000 as part of..

BUILDING & IMPROVING KINDERGARTENS FOR THE FUTURE

17th December 2020 The Andrews Labor Government is building and upgrading kindergartens across Victoria including in Avenel, and Nagambie – creating thousands of new kinder places and hundreds of jobs as Victoria rolls out funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced..