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Record attendance at Regional Victoria Living Expo

* * - Thursday, April 17, 2014
 
  • The Regional Victoria Living Expo attracted 9,638 Melburnians with a genuine interest in moving to regional and rural Victoria
  • About 2,000 people had their details electronically collected by exhibitors
  • The Expo is an ongoing Victorian Coalition Government initiative to drive population and investment into regional and rural Victoria

A new record of 9,638 Melburnians attended the 2014 Regional Victoria Living Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last weekend, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said today.

Mr Ryan said the record numbers reflected growing interest amongst Melburnians to move to regional and rural Victoria, with the expo having grown steadily since beginning in 2012.

“Feedback from the 147 exhibitors at the event was that visitors this year were even more serious about relocating to country Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

“Many regional councils reported that Melburnians attending had done their homework and asked very specific questions about the regions and the towns they intend to move to.

“The regional councils felt this year’s event would see the effort from the previous two years pay off as potential new country residents put the pieces in place for their move.

“Visitors asked about how to get quality jobs in their respective fields; about affordable housing, education, health and community life – questions indicating they are serious about relocating to the regions.”

Southern Grampians Shire Council Manager Economic Development and Tourism Hugh Koch said there were clear economic benefits in luring city residents to his region.

“A family moving to our region is worth around $90,000 a year to the local economy,” Mr Koch said.

“If we can get three to five families a year moving into the area, we’re more than happy with that – and the Expo is delivering that for us.

“If four families a year move for the next five years, that adds up to around an extra 1.8 million dollars into our local economy.”

Mildura Rural City Council Business Event Facilitator & Special Projects Julie Jewell said the level of interest in moving had increased in the expo visitors.

“Last year people were looking for a destination, and this year people know exactly where they want to move – we feel like it is a culmination of the three years of work we have put in, with each building on the last and becoming more targeted each time,” Ms Jewell said.

“We had 25 people keen to visit, many of whom are genuinely interested in moving.

“We really value the support from the Victorian Coalition Government and are very keen for the Expo to continue in forthcoming years.”

Ararat Rural City CEO Andrew Evans said a Smartphone App launched at the expo was already doing well.

“The App gives people access to a whole range of information about Ararat – we only made it available yesterday and we had 60 downloads by halfway through day two,” Mr Evans said.

“That’s 60 people with ongoing access to a whole lot of information about our area.”

A 2012 report found that by supporting growth in the regions we can help reduce the estimated $95 billion in cumulative congestion costs associated with expanding Melbourne’s outer-metropolitan areas over the next 20 years.

For example, the cumulative cost of providing critical infrastructure to support an additional 50,000 persons in the Regional Cities is $1 billion; this compares with inefficiency costs of $3.1 billion associated with the same number of persons being accommodated in metropolitan Melbourne.

“Basing population in the regions greatly reduces the strain on city services and infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“Relocating house is a big step, and people undertaking it deserve support.”

“Exhibitors at the Expo this year provided visitors with information tailored to their needs including current job opportunities and the chance to match them up with existing or new businesses setting up in the regions.

“It also proves that the Coalition Government’s Good Move campaign, created to showcase the benefits of regional living, spurs city dwellers to genuinely consider a move to the country.

“Positive interaction between councils – promoting the best of their wares as a region – made a big difference to attracting greater interest among people genuinely interested to move.”

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

Play your part in creating a safer Easter

* * - Thursday, April 17, 2014

·        Take ownership of your driving and help reduce the road toll
·        Share your Easter driving tips on social media by using #roadtozero
·        Make Easter an enjoyable time by making sensible decisions

Gippslanders planning a break or visit to family and friends this Easter are asked to take ownership and help drive down the state’s road toll.

“Victoria’s road toll is the lowest we’ve seen for close to 90 years and I’m asking all Gippslanders to make a conscious effort to ensure this downward trend continues,” Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said.

“The Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government recently launched ‘The Road to Zero – it starts with you’ campaign that encourages motorists to share their road safety ideas and tips through videos, photos or messages.

“By using the ‘#roadtozero’ hashtag, Gippslanders can show their support by posting their ideas and sharing stories through the campaign’s Facebook and Twitter pages.”

Mr Ryan said the campaign would run in conjunction with a statewide road enforcement operation including the consecutive Easter and ANZAC Day long weekends, as well as the Queen’s Birthday holiday.

“If you’re doing the wrong thing on the road, then expect to be stopped by police,” he said.

“It is thanks to the work of police, government and other agencies joining together to enforce the law and educate the community, as well as advances in medical treatment that has allowed the downward trend in the road toll to occur.”

For the road roll to continue to drop, it will require all motorists to take individual responsibility for improving safety by making safe travel choices, he said.

“Being distracted by text and phone calls, speeding while rushing to your next destination, or simply not respecting other road users, can lead to a situation from which you can never turn back,” Mr Ryan said.

“Whether you’re bushwalking at The Prom, sailing the magnificent Gippsland Lakes or spending time on the 90 Mile Beach, take ownership of our actions behind the wheel because the road to zero starts with you.”

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au

Parrots, Lions and Mirboo North Pony Club receive uniform boost

* * - Thursday, April 17, 2014

·        Parrots, Lions and Mirboo North Pony Club receive uniform boost
·        Another barrier to participation has been removed
·        Victorian Coalition Government is making sport more accessible

The Leongatha Football Netball Club, the Stony Creek Football Netball Club and the Mirboo North Pony Club each received Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government funding assistance to purchase new uniforms.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced the funding support would be made available to the clubs through the latest round of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

Mr Ryan said the funding included:

·        $729 – Leongatha Football Netball Club;

·        $1,000 - Stony Creek Football Netball Club; and

·        $981 - Mirboo North Pony Club.

“Uniforms are a significant investment for local sporting clubs and by assisting with the cost of purchasing new uniforms, we are removing one barrier for participation,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government grants enable the three clubs to purchase new uniforms for their members, ensuring everyone is kitted out for the new season.

“Whether it’s the colours of the Parrots or the Lions, or being decked out in new riding gear, each of these clubs will be looking their best in 2014.

“These three clubs play an important role in ensuring the communities of Leongatha, Stony Creek and Mirboo North remain active and healthy and we are proud to support them with this important investment.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said since 2011, more than 2,000 clubs had benefitted from the Coalition Government’s Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

“Team uniforms are more than just colours; they represent local sporting traditions and community pride,” Mr Drum said.

“By removing an extra cost burden on sporting clubs these grants keep sport affordable for families and more accessible to all. That is why we are proud to deliver the Sporting Uniform Grants Program to create a more active Victoria.”

Mr Ryan encouraged other local clubs to apply for funding support to purchase uniforms through the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

He said clubs interested in applying could contact his office in Sale on 5144 1987, or visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/sporting-uniforms-grants, to obtain further information and application forms.

Media contact:        Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731       ben.bulmer@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Three local sports clubs receive $1,000 uniform boost

* * - Thursday, April 10, 2014

 

  • Wildcats, Suns and Demons receive $1,000 uniform boost
  • Another barrier to participation has been removed
  • Victorian Coalition Government is making sport more accessible

Woodside and District Football Netball Club, Southern Suns Junior Football Club and Yarram Netball Club each received $1,000 from the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government to purchase new uniforms.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced the three local clubs would each receive the $1,000 boost through the latest round of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

“Uniforms are a significant investment for local sporting clubs and by assisting with the cost of purchasing new uniforms, we are removing one barrier for participation,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $1,000 Coalition Government grants will enable the three clubs to purchase new uniforms for their members, ensuring everyone is kitted out for the new season.

“Whether it’s the colours of the Wildcats, Suns or Demons, each of these clubs will be looking their best in 2014.

“These three clubs play an important role in ensuring the communities of Yarram and Woodside remain active and healthy and we are proud to support them with this important investment.

“The funding boost also comes a perfect time for Yarram Netball Club, as it embarks on its first season in the North Gippsland Football Netball League, after moving across from the Alberton Football Netball League.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said since 2011, more than 2,000 clubs had benefitted from the Coalition Government’s Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

“Team uniforms are more than just colours; they represent local sporting traditions and community pride,” Mr Drum said.

“By removing an extra cost burden on sporting clubs these grants keep sport affordable for families and more accessible to all. That is why we are proud to deliver the Sporting Uniform Grants Program to create a more active Victoria.”

Mr Ryan encouraged other local clubs to apply for funding support to purchase uniforms through the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

He said clubs interested in applying could contact his office in Sale on 5144 1987, or visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/sporting-uniforms-grants, to obtain further information and application forms.

Media contact:  Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731       ben.bulmer@minstaff.vic.gov.au

 

Sale Golf Club set for new uniforms

* * - Thursday, April 10, 2014
  • Sale Golf Club receive $1,000 uniform boost
  • Successful Ladies Pennant Team will look its best for upcoming season
  • Victorian Coalition Government is making sport more accessible

The Sale Golf Club Ladies Pennant Team will be kitted out in new shirts for the upcoming season thanks to a $1,000 uniform grant from the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced the Sale Golf Club would receive the $1,000 boost through the latest round of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

“Uniforms are a significant investment for local sporting clubs and by assisting with the cost of purchasing new uniforms, we are removing one barrier for participation,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $1,000 Coalition Government grant will enable the Sale Golf Club to purchase new uniforms for Ladies Pennant Team.

“The Sale Golf Club Ladies Pennant Team has achieved a significant success in the East Gippsland Women’s Golf Association, claiming the Ladies Division 1 title for the past three years.

“Despite their success, the team has struggled to find a shirt sponsor.  This grant will ensure the team is looking its best, without its players being out of pocket.”

Sale Golf Club ladies captain Pam Schaper said the club was thrilled to receive the Coalition Government grant, which would provide shirts for the club’s 25 pennant representatives.

“We are very excited to receive the grant, it is the first time we have applied for it and it is fantastic we got it, “Mrs Schaper said.

“When you represent your club it is nice to be able to look like a team, and hopefully we will play like one too.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said since 2011, more than 2,000 clubs had benefitted from the Coalition Government’s Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

“Team uniforms are more than just colours; they represent local sporting traditions and community pride,” Mr Drum said.

“By removing an extra cost burden on sporting clubs these grants keep sport affordable for families and more accessible to all. That is why we are proud to deliver the Sporting Uniform Grants Program to create a more active Victoria.”

Mr Ryan encouraged other local clubs across Gippsland to apply for funding support to purchase uniforms through the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

He said clubs interested in applying could contact his office in Sale on 5144 1987, or visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/sporting-uniforms-grants, to obtain further information and application forms.

Media contact:   Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731       ben.bulmer@minstaff.vic.gov.au

 

$80,000 in prizes on offer for best school gardens

* * - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

 

·        Victorian Schools Garden Awards promote biodiversity and sustainability
·        $80,000 in prizes for the best and most innovative primary and secondary school gardens
·        Coalition Government is building better education beyond the  traditional classroom

The search for Victoria’s best and most innovative school garden is on with entries for the 2014 Schools Garden Awards now being accepted.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the awards were a great way for students to learn about recycling, reducing waste and limiting their waste consumption away from a typical classroom environment.

“Over many years, these awards, run by Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria, have encouraged generations of children to get out of the classroom and into the garden to increase their understanding of biodiversity and sustainability,” Mr Ryan said.

“The awards provide schools with a way to get students out of the classroom and learn how to design, grow maintain and harvest their own gardens.”

Mr Ryan said he would be thrilled to see a school from Gippsland announced as a winner of one of the categories.

“There are four categories that encompass schools ranging from less than 100 pupils through to those who have more than 280 pupils as well as a category for secondary and P-12 (primary to year 12) colleges,” he said.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government has contributed $55,000 to the $80,000 prize pool, which includes nursery vouchers and four separate turf and installation packages.

“A new seedling grants scheme is also on offer this year to get applicant schools started with their gardens,” Mr Ryan said.

The Victorian Schools Garden Awards program is now open to all Victorian schools, public and non-government and closes on 1 August. Winners will be announced later in the year at a ceremony in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

For more information on how to enter, visit: www.schoolsgardenawards.org.au.  

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

 

 

Festival celebrates community inclusiveness

* * - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

 

·        Free events to bring community together at Easter Tarra Festival
·        Support Gippsland producers by enjoying local food and beverages
·        Activities for children at the Family Fun Day at Won Wron

A festival that was first run on a budget of just $15 in 1972 will be held in the Yarram area for the 42nd consecutive year this Easter, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

“The Tarra Festival is a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate this fantastic area of Gippsland and all the things that make it great,” Mr Ryan said.

“The festival is co-ordinated by a dedicated team of volunteers from local service groups and community organisations with the aim of creating a program that appeals to all ages.”

Mr Ryan said a prominent feature of the festival each year was Saturday’s street parade.

“Floats entered in the street parade will follow this year’s theme of ‘A taste of country’,” Mr Ryan said.

“For the first time, a mobility scooters category has been added to the parade and a feature from the first parade, the pram category, will make a return.”

Mr Ryan said it was pleasing that Gippsland produced food and beverages, including products from Grand Ridge Brewery and Wild Dog Winery, would be available at the festival.

“When the regions are thriving, Victoria thrives so it’s important that farmers and regional producers are supported so they can continue to contribute to our local economy in the many ways they currently do,” Mr Ryan said.

One of the festival organisers Kim Hutton said the committee had worked hard this year to include an event for everyone.

“If you’ve never attended the festival before, this is the year that I urge you to attend,” Ms Hutton said.

“The program includes a free concert in the park, the Family Fun Day, markets, tai chi, a golf stableford, children’s activities, bush walking, history and open garden displays and a social dance to encourage everyone to spend some time in Yarram this Easter.

“Many of the activities from the first festival are still on the program, which shows how much the community does enjoy and support the event.”

Ms Hutton said for the first time this year, Easter church services had been incorporated into the event program.

For more information or to view the program, visit: www.tarrafestival.com.au/

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au

New Poowong CFA Station open for business

* * - Monday, April 07, 2014
  • Deputy Premier opens new Poowong CFA station
  • Local firefighters can better protect lives and save property from the threat of fire
  • Coalition Government is delivering record investments in regional and rural infrastructure

The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government has invested more than $400,000 to build a new CFA station at Poowong, increasing the capacity of local firefighters to protect lives and save property from the threat of fire.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Poowong today to open the new $434,000 Poowong CFA station.

“The Coalition Government is proud to support CFA members by providing them with the facilities and equipment they need to save lives and property,” Mr Ryan said. 

“This new, modern three-bay fire station has improved meeting and training facilities.

“It also provides space for the brigade’s response trailer, which was previously housed at a brigade member’s property.

“The new Poowong CFA station will ensure the Poowong Fire Brigade is well equipped to perform its critical work now and into the future.”

Mr Ryan said the new CFA station would help attract and boost membership at the unit, which has 37 members who attend about 60 calls each year.

“The Poowong Fire Brigade has provided an invaluable service to the communities of Poowong, Loch and Nyora since it was formed 132 years ago,” Mr Ryan said.

“It has played a vital role in protecting the local community and the people of Victoria during some of the state’s biggest fires, including the Black Saturday fires in 2009.

“The Coalition Government is proud of the vital work performed by the CFA and we will continue to support them.”

Mr Ryan said the new Poowong CFA station had been funded through the Rural Fire Station project and highlighted the Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to build and upgrade rural fire stations.

“Since 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $1.84 billion,” Mr Ryan said.

 “This financial year the CFA Budget is $446 million, $47 million more than what was provided by the former Labor Government during its last year in office.

“We have also invested more than $125 million over the past three years to build 250 new or upgraded CFA stations across the state, a record infrastructure investment for the CFA.

“The Liberal Nationals Coalition Government’s record investment is strengthening Victoria’s emergency services.”

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

Gippsland Vehicle Collection celebrates 10 years of motoring in Maffra

* * - Friday, April 04, 2014

  • Gippsland Vehicle Collection celebrates 10 successful years
  • More than 70,000 enthusiasts have visited
  • Display vehicles are regularly changed over

More than 70,000 car enthusiasts have admired displays at the Gippsland Vehicle Collection in Maffra since the group first formed 10 years ago.

Speaking at the museum’s 10th birthday celebration today, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the collection provided a significant economic benefit to the Maffra community.

“In April 2004, the decision was made to try and establish a motoring museum for Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said.

“The group signed a lease for this property with Murray Goulburn in December 2004 and the members set about creating a home for what would one day become the Gippsland Vehicle Collection.

“Over the following two-year period, the group raised $80,000 by holding vehicle displays and participating in the Maffra Mardi Gras to transform the facility into the magnificent collection it is today.”

Mr Ryan said the Gippsland Vehicle Collection has showcased between 70 and 120 cars and motorcycles at once and has successfully operated out of the Maffra Shed since its inception in October 2006.

“More than 70,000 visitors have visited the collection since its opening in 2006 and in 2010, it attracted 10,000 visitors in one year for the first time,” Mr Ryan said.

“The majority of vehicles in the collection are privately owned and leased or loaned to the club and this unique element allows the collection to be regularly changed to reflect a new theme, such as cars of the 1970s, Holdens, Fords, American-made or British-made vehicles.”

Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull said the collection is a fantastic community asset for Maffra and the wider Gippsland community.

"Having taken my own family, I can attest to what a great experience a visit to the museum is, and I encourage local residents and visitors alike to check out the collection," Mr Bull said.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870

Gippsland produce takes a major step forward

* * - Friday, April 04, 2014


  • Food to Asia Plan will get more Victorian food and beverages on Asian tables
  • Brings the Coalition’s support for growing state’s agricultural production and food processing sector almost $160 million 
  • Government investment has seen expansion at Burra Foods in Korumburra. 

The recent launch of the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government’s Food to Asia Plan will continue to benefit Gippsland by delivering a more profitable food sector and creating new and sustainable jobs.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the plan provides an opportunity for regional businesses and producers to take advantage of the rapid growth of Asia’s consumer class and their requirement for premium food and beverages.

“The plan has allowed Victoria to take a major step forward in capitalising on export opportunities in Asia,” Mr Ryan said.

“That is why the Coalition Government has committed $35.4 million to drive Victoria’s long term growth as the demand from Asia grows.”

Mr Ryan said local dairy company Burra Foods had already benefited from the Coalition Government’s investment towards their expansion project at the Korumburra plant which saw the number of suppliers double and 50 new jobs created.

“South Gippsland has rich soils, a temperate climate and reliable seasonal rainfall that enhance the strong agribusiness focus of the region,” he said.

The $35.4 million Food to Asia Action Plan will:

  • Strengthen representation of Victoria’s food sector in Asian markets;
  • Focus research and development investments on food that meets Asian consumer preferences; and
  • Deliver a Food to Asia Trade Program. 

“This plan builds on the work the Coalition Government has already undertaken to grow production and jobs in the agricultural and food processing sectors throughout Victoria and importantly Gippsland,” he said.

Mr Ryan said this plan linked in well with the Gippsland Food Plan that he launched at Farm World last Friday.

“The Gippsland Food Plan has been formulated specifically for our region and will allow us to further capitalise on growing international demand for high quality food,” Mr Ryan said.

“Gippsland’s food plan will enable local food industries to increase their contribution to the economy, whether it’s on-farm production, manufacturing and processing, or value adding.

“It will stimulate investment in Gippsland by promoting our competitive strengths and reputation for producing high quality products.”

Mr Ryan said Victoria’s food and fibre exports increased by five per cent last financial year.

“There can be no doubt that Victoria is Australia’s premier food state, it is our largest export sector and our investment will ensure this remains so well into the future,” he said.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 

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