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Deputy Premier flies the flag for Seaspray Surf Life Saving

* * - Friday, August 01, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government pledges $500,000 to the $2.6 million Seaspray Surf Life Saving Clubhouse
  • Victorian Government invests a total of $1.5 million for the project
  • Community appeal launched to raise the remaining funds

A new $2.6 million clubhouse for the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club (SSLSC) will be built behind the sand dunes to replace the current storm damaged facility.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan on Wednesday announced that the Victorian Coalition Government would invest a further $500,000 towards the construction of the new clubhouse.

Mr Ryan said the $500,000 investment, provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, was on top of the $1 million the Victorian Government had already committed towards the development, bringing its total investment to $1.5 million.

Speaking at Sporting Legends in Sale, Mr Ryan also launched a community appeal on behalf of the SSLSC to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the project.

“The community has already done a tremendous job raising $250,000 towards the project with support from the Rotary Club of Sale Central, the Maffra Lions Club and Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club members,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club is looking for further support from the communities of Sale, Maffra and Heyfield, particularly those who rely on the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club’s volunteers to keep them safe at the beach, to help reach its target.”

Mr Ryan said the club was also seeking corporate sponsors and support from local businesses, including financial contributions or in-kind donations of goods and services.

Mr Ryan said the plans for the new clubhouse have it positioned at the rear of the dunes for protection from the elements.

“An observation tower will be built on the beach which will have radio contact with the main clubhouse,” Mr Ryan said.

“This new facility will enable the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club to deliver its core emergency services, as well as offering additional opportunities for community groups.

“The dining and conference facilities will overlook the iconic 90 mile beach and will be available for hire.

“Importantly, the project will also create new jobs during construction and on completion of the re-development which is good news for the Seaspray community.”

Mr Ryan said the Seaspray beach was rated as one of the seven most dangerous in the state by Life Saving Victoria, meaning it was vitally important that the town had a strong Surf Life Saving Club with a modern and well-equipped clubhouse.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien welcomed the investment and commended local volunteers for their vital work in protecting our beaches.

“The Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club has 312 dedicated members who volunteer their time to protect those on the beach during the summer months,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The club runs a popular Nippers program as well as other youth development training programs, providing vital training to our up and coming life savers.

“I encourage the Gippsland community, particularly regular visitors to Seaspray to support the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club in raising the remaining funding needed to complete this vitally important project.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404 Kate.lancaster@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Echuca – Moama Bridge a significant step closer

* * - Friday, August 01, 2014

 

  • Mid-West route selected as preferred option for second Murray River crossing
  • Deputy Premier announces $4.5 million investment to commence initial works
  • Victorian Coalition Government building better and safer roads

A second Murray River crossing between Echuca and Moama is a significant step closer with the Victorian Coalition Government announcing its preferred route and a $4.5 million investment for initial works.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined Deputy Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and Member for Rodney Paul Weller in Echuca today for this important announcement.

Mr Ryan said after careful consideration the Coalition Government had nominated the Mid-West route as its preferred option, ahead of options 2A and 2B.

Mr Ryan said the Mid-West alignment was chosen as it had the least environmental and cultural heritage impacts of the three options.

“This investment will provide the communities of Echuca and Moama with greater certainty about the planning for a second bridge over the Murray River,” Mr Ryan said.

“With the preferred route now chosen, the Business Case for the proposed new Murray River bridge can now be finalised, ready to be submitted to the Commonwealth Government for its consideration.”

Mr Ryan also announced today that the Coalition Government would invest $4.5 million to begin initial works, which include construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Warren Street and the Murray Valley Highway.

“Construction of a roundabout at this intersection is a key component of the second river crossing and a sign of this government’s commitment to the project,” Mr Ryan said.

“For years the community have been calling for this intersection to be fixed, with four serious crashes occurring here over the past five years, resulting in a number of serious injuries.

“I am pleased to say that we will fix this intersection, and in doing so we are delivering an important first step towards a second river crossing between Echuca and Moama.”

Deputy Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh, who will contest the newly created seat of Murray Plains at the upcoming Victorian Election, said he supported the Coalition Government’s preferred route and welcomed the $4.5 million investment for initial works.

“A second Murray River crossing between Echuca and Moama will have significant benefits for local traffic, local businesses and local freight operators,” Mr Walsh said.

“This investment is a significant step towards realising the dream of a second river crossing and I look forward to working with Transport Minister, Terry Mulder, VicRoads and both the New South Wales and Commonwealth governments to ensure the bridge is funded and completed.”

Member for Rodney Paul Weller said today’s announcement was evidence of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to building the bridge.

“Building the roundabout kills two birds with the one stone by delivering important initial construction works for the second river crossing, while providing much needed safety improvements at one of Echuca’s most dangerous intersections,” Mr Weller said.

Mr Weller acknowledged the important role that the Shire of Campaspe, Murray Shire Council, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation as well as their respective communities had played in progressing the project to this stage.

“Their assistance and support has been valuable in identifying, recording and responding to issues and concerns of importance to the community throughout the Environment Effects Statement phase,” Mr Weller said.

Mr Weller said with the preferred route determined, the Environment Effects Statement could now be completed and ready for public consideration by the end of 2014.

Mr Weller said construction of the new roundabout would begin in early 2015.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Growth Fund gives Swan Hill drag racing track the green light

* * - Friday, August 01, 2014

 

  • $2.45 million redevelopment at Chisholm Reserve Motor Sports Complex
  • Project will deliver a nationally accredited ¼ mile drag racing track
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better regional Victoria

Construction of a ¼ mile drag racing track at the Chisholm Reserve Motor Sports Complex near Swan Hill is set to begin, with the Victorian Coalition Government giving the much-anticipated project the green light.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh in Swan Hill today to announce the Coalition Government would invest $2 million to redevelop the Chisholm Reserve Motor Sports Complex.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government’s investment in the $2.45 million Chisholm Reserve Motor Sports Complex Redevelopment Project would be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Ryan said construction would begin over the coming months and be completed by August 2015.

The project will involve construction of a nationally accredited ¼ mile drag racing track, as well as the development of braking areas, a return road, staging area, pit area, drainage, and concrete safety barriers.

“The Chisholm Reserve Motor Sports Complex will host up to five drag racing meetings per year at the new facility, including one national event, as a direct result of this investment,” Mr Ryan said.

“The development of a ¼ mile drag racing track at Swan Hill fills a gap in the national drag racing circuit and will enable the Swan Hill Drag Racing Club to attract top-flight drag racing events to Swan Hill.

“The new track is expected to attract an additional 16,000 people per year to the region, injecting more than $2 million into the local economy.”

Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh welcomed the investment, which was an important 2010 election commitment.

“Today is a great day for Swan Hill and the local motorsports community,” Mr Walsh said.

“Swan Hill has waited a long time for this drag racing track and following all necessary preliminary works I am pleased to say the funding is now available and construction can begin.

“Chisholm Reserve is currently home to a speedway, motor cross track, go kart racing and short track dirt races, and the development of a drag racing track will mean this facility becomes one of the premiere motorsport precincts in northern Victoria.”

Mr Walsh paid credit to the Swan Hill Drag Racing Club for its commitment towards this project, and thanked the club for its almost $220,000 worth of in-kind investment in construction and operations of the new track.

Mr Walsh also thanked the Swan Hill Rural City Council, which contributed $450,000 to the total project cost.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Additional coach stops for Loch and Nyora

* * - Monday, July 28, 2014

 

  • Loch and Nyora now serviced by 8 daily V/Line coaches
  • Victorian Coalition Government deliver additional rural V/Line services
  • Member for Gippsland South secures additional coach services

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said that Nyora and Loch would benefit from more weekday V/Line coaches making a stop from today, Monday 28 July.

Mr Ryan said that on weekdays, eight V/Line Leongatha or Yarram coaches would now stop at both Nyora and Loch in each direction, up from five trips each way on weekdays.

"Nyora and Loch will now have 48 weekly V/Line coaches serving local residents and visitors in each direction, up from 40 in the previous timetable," Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said he was delighted that Nyora and Loch residents would have more opportunities to travel on V/Line coaches to Cranbourne, Dandenong, Southern Cross, Leongatha, Foster and Yarram.

"I strongly backed local residents in their efforts to have more V/Line coaches stop at Nyora and Loch," Mr Ryan said.

"The Victorian Coalition Government has a strong emphasis on ensuring that smaller country towns benefit from transport links. V/Line's coaches are convenient as express and stopping coaches connect at Koo Wee Rup to make it easy to get to Dandenong or alternatively travel from Southern Cross faster by express coach.

"The extra coach stops are scheduled for 8.30am, 1pm and 5pm going to Southern Cross, and on the 9.15am, 1.10pm and 7pm weekday coaches from Southern Cross back to Nyora and Loch."

Mr Ryan urged local residents using V/Line's Leongatha and Yarram coaches to check the new timetables at www.vline.com.au under 'coaches' in 'eastern Victoria.'

"From 28 July, V/LIne's weekday coaches from Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster and Yarram depart 10 minutes earlier so that the coaches can travel into and out of Loch and Nyora," Mr Ryan said.

"Coming from Southern Cross, there are some minor changes to the departure times of Metro's suburban trains that connect at Dandenong with V/Line coaches, so anyone joining a Metro train at Caulfield, Clayton, Springvale or other stations should also check these timetables.

“These additional stops in Loch and Nyora bring the total of new public transport services introduced by the Coalition Government to more than 10,000 extra each week.”

Mr Ryan said the additional services were on top of the Coalition Government’s affordable public transport initiative that from 1 January 2015 will cap travel in zone 1 + 2 at zone 1 prices and provide free tram travel in the CBD and Docklands.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870


Regional Growth Fund delivers Bendigo’s Events & Exhibition Complex

* * - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
  • Regional Growth Fund invests $2 million for $3.38 million Events and Exhibition Centre
  • Centre means more events and visitors and tourist dollars for Bendigo
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better regional Victoria

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan today opened the new $3.38 million Bendigo Events & Exhibition Complex at the Bendigo Showgrounds.

Speaking at the Showgrounds, Mr Ryan said the project was part of the Bendigo Showground Masterplan and had received a $2 million investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund. 

“This project delivered an exhibition pavilion of more than 6000 square metres, with meeting rooms and a kitchen,” Mr Ryan said.

“This new pavilion can be used for large scale animal and agricultural events, including national and international equestrian events.

“The new centre will boost local businesses by increasing the number of events and visitors bringing their tourist dollars to Bendigo.

“The $1 billion Regional Growth Fund continues to invest in community-led projects, strategically driving jobs and investment in rural and regional Victoria. 

“Since it was established in 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has delivered almost $420 million, generating around $1.6 billion of total investment across more than 1500 projects.” 

“In Bendigo, the Regional Growth Fund has invested $14.01 million to 27 projects, leveraging $58.1 million in total investment. This includes $2 million for the $9.12 million Bendigo Library and Community Hub; $350,000 for the $430,000 Leveraging the Benefits of the Bendigo Hospital Redevelopment, and $200,000 for the $756,362 Safe Transport Space project.” 

Media contact: Les White    0409 805 122             les.white@minstaff.vic.gov.au 

Coalition Government supports sporting shooters

* * - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Sporting shooting clubs to share in $12.48 million fund
  • Fund will co-invest with clubs to upgrade their facilities and attract more events
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better Victoria

Sporting shooting clubs from around Victoria can upgrade their facilities thanks to a $12.48 million fund created by the Victorian Coalition Government.

Speaking in Bendigo today, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said the Shooting Sports Facilities Program would give shooting clubs the opportunity to apply for funding to upgrade their facilities, increasing participation and building the sport.

“Outdoor sports such as shooting are a vital part of the social fabric and these grants will encourage more people to get more active in an environment that promotes safe and responsible firearms ownership,” Mr Ryan said.

“This fund will help clubs secure tenure at sites and host high level events across the different shooting disciplines, attracting shooters from across Victoria and beyond. This will bring social and economic benefits to the relevant communities.

“Minor projects will be able to receive up to $100,000 from the fund, with the government offering $2 for every $1 put in by the club itself or another contributor, for example a local council, either by contributing direct funding or as in-kind support.

“There will be no cap on funding invested by government into a major project, but the investment will need to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the club or another contributor.”

Mr Drum said the Shooting Sports Facilities Program would assist shooting clubs and associations to increase participation and help participants from grass roots to the elite level.

“The Coalition Government continues to work with local councils, clubs and communities to create a connected, active, healthy and safe Victoria through sport,” Mr Drum said.

“Victorians have a proud history of producing Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic Games medallists in shooting sports, with Russell and Lauryn Mark, Adam Vella and Peter Tait all flying the flag.

“More than 20,000 Victorians participate in competitive shooting events each year, and with local champions like Geoff Grenfell set to do us proud at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, this number will only increase.

 “We’re helping sports including shooting to develop better facilities, host big events and give more people the opportunity to be participants, coaches, and volunteers,” Mr Drum said.

Field and Game Australia Chairman Bill Paterson thanked the Coalition Government for its commitment to providing a safe and secure future for Victorian shooters.

“Historically, the sport has missed out on funding and with the continuing influx of new shooters to the sport, clubs will be in a position to apply for funds to secure and upgrade their facilities,” Mr Paterson said.

“A report recently released by the Coalition Government showed expenditure by Victorian shooters and hunters has now grown to $439 million a year, much of it in regional Victoria.

“Expenditure on range improvements is vital to ensuring shooters can practise and refine their gun handling skills and new shooters can be introduced to the sport in a safe, controlled manner.”

An advisory committee, chaired by Mr David Hawker AO, will be established to assess project applications and provide specialist advice on the sport's specific and strategic needs. Details of the program will be finalised following the establishment of the advisory committee.

More information can be found at www.sport.vic.gov.au.

Media contacts:                          

Les White           0409 805 122         les.white@minstaff.vic.gov.au   (Minister Ryan)

Shannon Gill 0417 039 326              shannon.gill@minstaff.vic.gov.au     (Minister Drum)

Key roads to be repaired in Sale and Yarram

* * - Monday, July 21, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government is committed to fixing country roads
  • An initial $2.1 million to repair and rebuild roads in Wellington Shire
  • Strengthening and rebuilding to be carried out on two key roads

The South Gippsland Highway at Yarram and sections of the Princes Highway near Sale will be repaired as funding begins to flow from the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $500 million road maintenance boost.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced an initial $2.1 million would be invested from the $500 million road asset management budget.

Mr Ryan said that repairs would be carried out on two key roads:

South Gippsland Highway - $1.2M for repairs to the South Gippsland Highway at Yarram.

Princes Highway East - $905,000 for 1.15km of repairs for two sections west of Sale and at Nuntin Creek north of Sale.

Mr Ryan said VicRoads would work with Wellington Shire to repair the South Gippsland Highway at Yarram with works planned for Summer 2015-2016.

“Works to the two sections of the Princes Highway west of Sale and at Nuntin Creek north of Sale would also be carried over a similar timeframe,” he said.

Mr Ryan said The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, were committed to fixing regional and rural Victoria’s roads.

“We announced, as part of the 2014/15 Victorian Budget, an additional $130 million for road maintenance, bringing the total road maintenance investment to more than $500 million for this financial year,” Mr Ryan said.

“This initial $2.1 million investment will enable vital road repair works to be carried out and builds on a recent announcement of $3.2 million to repair four key roads in South Gippsland.

“This follows our $4.3 million investment to repair South Gippsland roads, announced in August 2013.

“I will continue to work with the Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, to secure much-need funding for our local roads and ensure our region receives its fair share.”

Mr Ryan encouraged local motorists to report damaged roads to VicRoads.

“I’ve had strong feedback from locals who desperately want to see more money invested in our local roads,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government has answered the community’s calls for more funding now it is up to VicRoads to carry-out this much needed work.

“Local roads are the lifeblood of our regional and rural communities, connecting people with work, school, family and friends, so it is vital that they are safe.

“The Nationals are committed to fixing country roads to save country lives.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Key roads to be repaired in South Gippsland

* * - Monday, July 21, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government is committed to fixing country roads
  • An initial $3.2 million to repair and rebuild roads in South Gippsland
  • Strengthening and rebuilding to be carried out on four key roads

A number of key roads in South Gippsland will be repaired or resealed as funding begins to flow from the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $500 million road maintenance boost.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced an initial $3.2 million would be invested from the $500 million road asset management budget.

Mr Ryan said that repairs would be carried out on four key roads:

  • South Gippsland Highway - $1,732,000 for 1.36 km of repairs in Yarram and four sections east of Welshpool
  • Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road - $583,000 for 1.17km of repairs around Clancys Road, south of Korumburra
  • Wilsons Promontory Road - $513,000 for 1.01km of repairs south of Foster
  • Meeniyan-Promontory Road - $380,000 for 0.79km of repairs past Pattersons Road near Yanakie.

Mr Ryan said the roads would be strengthened through stabilisation works and resealing, with works to begin later in the year during the warmer months.

Mr Ryan said The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, were committed to fixing regional and rural Victoria’s roads.

“We announced, as part of the 2014/15 Victorian Budget, an additional $130 million for road maintenance, bringing the total road maintenance investment to more than $500 million for this financial year,” Mr Ryan said.

“This initial $3.2 million investment will enable vital road repair works to be carried out, and follows our $4.3 million investment to repair South Gippsland roads, announced in August 2013.

“I will continue to work with the Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, to secure much-need funding for our local roads and ensure South Gippsland receives its fair share.”

Mr Ryan encourage local motorists to report damaged roads in South Gippsland to VicRoads.

“I’ve had strong feedback from locals who desperately want to see more money invested in our local roads,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government has answered the community’s calls for more funding now it is up to VicRoads to carry-out this much needed work.

“Local roads are the lifeblood of our regional and rural communities, connecting people with work, school, family and friends, so it is vital that they are safe.

“The Nationals are committed to fixing country roads to save country lives.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404 Kate.lancaster@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Frewstal expansion creates 98 jobs in Stawell

* * - Thursday, July 17, 2014

 

  • Frewstal abattoir expansion creates 98 new jobs in Stawell
  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $500,000 in $2.1 million expansion
  • Expansion will grow exports to Asia

A $2.1 million abattoir expansion at Stawell has created 98 jobs and boosted exports to Asia.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner and Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley at Frewstal’s abattoir in Stawell today to open the $2.1 million expansion.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government had invested $500,000 to support the expansion, with Frewstal contributing more than $1.5 million and the Northern Grampians Shire Council contributing $30,000 in planning support.

Mr Ryan said the project involved the construction of a new freezer/chiller facility that has enabled Frewstal to increase the production and storage of cut and boned out meat.

Mr Ryan said the new freezer/chiller facility had a capacity of 168 tonnes which enabled product to be supplied direct to port from Stawell, supplying high value export markets.

Mr Ryan said the project also included upgrades to truck loading areas, new car parking facilities and improved access in and out of the site.

“This investment ensures Frewstal will continue to process meat locally, supporting local jobs and the local community,” Mr Ryan said

“The expansion has exceeded everyone’s expectations, with the original estimate of 50 new jobs almost doubling to 98 new jobs once the project was complete.

“A growth in demand from export markets continues to drive the business and the Coalition Government looks forward to working with the company to deliver further expansions at the site.”

Mr Turner welcomed the investment, describing Frewstal as a regional success story, which had grown from 37 staff in 1984 to today employing more than 400 staff.

“The Stawell plant can process more than 1.3 million head of mutton and lamb per year, servicing major supermarket chains, butchers and wholesalers, as well as export markets,” Mr Turner said.

“Four years ago, Frewstal became a Halal accredited site to complement its move into the export market, opening up a wider customer base both overseas and domestically.”

Ms Staley welcomed the investment and said it was another example how the Coalition Government was growing jobs and investment right across the Ripon electorate.

“Here in the Northern Grampians Shire, the Coalition Government, through the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $3.5 million to support 34 projects, leveraging almost $6 million in total investment,” Ms Staley said.

“This project has created new jobs, boosted exports and ensures a bright future for Frewstal’s Abattoir in Stawell.”

During his visit to Stawell, Mr Ryan and Mr Turner also met with the Northern Grampians Shire Council to discuss local projects, met with businesses on Main Street and hosted a Putting Local First Forum, where local businesses and community groups had the chance to put forward their funding priorities for the region.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

2009 Bushfire-Affected Communities - Five Year Report released

* * - Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Victorian Coalition Government accepts all recommendations in whole or part
  • Fire Recovery Unit extended until 31 December 2015 as single point of contact
    for bushfire-affected communities
  • Ongoing funding from Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund for psychological
    services

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan today released the 2009 Bushfire-Affected Communities - Five Year Consultation Report along with the Victorian Coalition Government’s response.

The Coalition Government commissioned former Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority CEO Ben Hubbard to write the independent report. The report examines the progress in rebuilding and recovery made by Victorian communities affected by the February 2009 bushfires.

“The report notes the ‘story is positive for most’ and that Black Saturday survivors have had ‘significant support’,” Mr Ryan said.

“While many people have been able to plan for their future, others are still deeply affected by their experiences. Some have recovered remarkably well, while for others, recovery is ongoing.

“The report also found that Men’s Sheds ‘had made a real difference to local men, assisting with their recovery’.

“It was especially pleasing that the report found there was a ‘quiet, restrained optimism about the future’ in Marysville. The Marysville community, along with the Coalition Government, have put blood, sweat and tears into recovery.

“I am honored to have made the announcement of a $19 million Regional Growth Fund investment into the $28 million Vibe Hotel and Convention Centre, which will act as a magnet to draw conventions and visitors back to the town. I note the report recommends a list of businesses pledging to use the conference centre be compiled.

“I am also honored to have opened and many times visited the amazing Men’s Shed in Marysville, surely one of the best in the state.

“The Coalition Government invested $250,000 into the recently launched Explore Marysville smartphone app, which allows visitors to discover all the local attractions.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government would implement, in whole or in part, all of the report’s 23 recommendations.

“We promised we would never forget these people, and we have not,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Bushfire recovery unit had been due to finish earlier this year, but we have extended the unit to continue acting as a single point of contact for Black Saturday communities and individuals until 31 December 2015.

“This will make sure bushfire-affected communities can easily access government advice, support and services.

“Financial support for psychological counselling will continue to be offered through the VBAF.

“We recently made sweeping reforms to planning regulations. These changes may enable residents to build on land with a higher Bushfire Attack Level. The changes include allowing private bushfire bunkers as an alternative safety measure and allowing vegetation clearance to achieve defendable space.

“A $700,000 Bushfire Planning Assistance Fund will directly help affected landholders to make planning permit applications; assist the Rural Planning Flying Squad to deal with any backlog of relevant permit applications at rural and regional councils; help councils to streamline permit requirements and help set up of a special Victorian Building Authority committee to advise on building system regulatory reforms related to bushfire safety.”

More than 250 people participated in the consultation process for the report.

Mr Ryan thanked bushfire-affected individuals and communities for their valuable contributions.

The report and the Coalition Government’s response is available at http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/fire-recovery-unit

The Fire Recovery Unit can be contacted on 1800 055 714 or email fire.recovery@rdv.vic.gov.au for assistance on 2009 bushfire recovery matters.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122


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