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Alcohol and drug support for Central Gippsland Health Service’s Emergency Department

* * - Friday, October 24, 2014

  • $500,000 boost to the Central Gippsland Health Service emergency department to better manage drug-affected patients
  • Coalition Government invests $165 million to address the harms of alcohol and drugs in the community
  • Builds on Coalition’s tough new sentencing laws for assaulting hospital staff

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has announced $500,000 to enable the Central Gippsland Health Service’s emergency department better respond to patients affected by alcohol and drugs, such as ice.

Mr Ryan said the Central Gippsland Health Service (CGHS) in Sale was one of six hospitals to receive the funding, which is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $165 million in funding for alcohol and drug programs in the 2014-15 Budget.

“The local emergency department will now decide what new resources will best suit the needs of the community, which could include hiring a new alcohol and drug specialist or additional training for existing staff,” Mr Ryan said.

“The staff in the emergency department at CGHS are on the front line every day helping patients who are drug and alcohol affected, along with those who are suffering other medical emergencies.

“The Coalition Government is allocating additional resources to assist these frontline staff and ultimately benefit the patients.

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said the recent Parliamentary inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly the drug ice, had travelled around Victoria hearing about the impacts of the drug.

“Alcohol and methamphetamines, particularly ice, can destroy health, relationships and have a massive impact on our local communities,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This is important funding to assist our first response medical staff in the emergency department to better provide support their drug and alcohol affected patients through their times of crisis.”

Central Gippsland Health Service chief executive Dr Frank Evans said the Coalition’s funding acknowledged the considerable health care challenges associated with drug and alcohol misuse.

“Alcohol and drug abuse is a significant and increasing problem in the community,” Dr Evans said.

“Our challenge is to meet our absolute commitment to provide a safe environment for our staff while at the same time acknowledging the many causes of drug and alcohol misuse.

“This includes the links to mental health problems, poverty and disadvantage.”

Dr Evans said CGHS would use the funds to protect staff and help make difference to people struggling to cope with mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems, in line with the hospital’s social justice policy.

Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said the funding for the Sale ED was part of the Coalition Government’s $165 million investment to reduce the impact of drugs and alcohol in the community.

“$34 million has been allocated specifically to address the harms of ice and other drugs in the community and provide treatment for an additional 2,000 Victorians.”

Ms Wooldridge said a range of other initiatives has been announced by the Coalition Government to improve safety in Victoria’s hospitals, including:

  • More than $40 million for safety and security initiatives in hospitals across the State, including training, improvements to buildings and upgrading duress and security systems;

  • New laws introduced to Parliament in June increasing the sentence for seriously assaulting an emergency department doctor or nurse to a minimum of six months;

  • Further reforms introduced into Parliament recently creating a minimum six month sentence for serious assaults against all hospital staff.

“The Coalition Government knows it is critical that we invest now so Victorians across the state can access appropriate treatment and support for alcohol and drug problems, as well as make the emergency department a safer place and patients and staff,” Ms Wooldridge said.

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

Coalition Government investment pays dividends for Sale’s Greenwattle Racecourse

* * - Friday, October 24, 2014

 

  • Punters won’t miss a moment of the action with a new wide screen TV for Sale Turf Club 
  • New horse stalls, fencing and gates improve safety at Greenwattle Racecourse ahead of the Sale Cup 
  • Victorian Coalition Government continues to support country racing

As the marquees go up at Sale’s Greenwattle Racecourse ahead of this Sunday’s Sale Cup, Deputy Premier and Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has announced a new big screen TV for the Sale Turf Club.

At Greenwattle Racecourse, Mr Ryan also inspected new tie-up stalls and perimeter fencing which has greatly improved safety at the track following an investment of $58,733 from the Liberal National Coalition Government.

Mr Ryan said more than $109,000 had been invested in the new 47 square metre big screen TV to be installed on the infield at the racecourse and to give a significantly better view of the races for everyone at the track.

“Joint funding from the Coalition Government and the racing industry of almost $218,250 will see a magnificent new big screen TV installed at Sale’s Greenwattle Racecourse,” Mr Ryan said.

“This is great investment that will also provide the Sale Turf Club with significant savings as it currently hires mobile screens for its major race meetings such as the Sale Cup this Sunday.

“Currently at non-feature racedays there is no big screen available to patrons.

“As well as saving on the hire costs of a mobile screen, the Sale Turf Club now has the chance to generate revenue by hiring out the big screen for local events such as movies, expos and other community events,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said today’s announcement was in addition to investment at the racecourse that included the construction of new horse stalls and fencing improvements.

“The new tie-up stalls are a boost for racing and training at Sale and will improve safety conditions, particularly for the horses, their trainers and strappers,” Mr Ryan said.

“The project, jointly funded by the Coalition Government and the racing industry, resulted in the demolition of 15 dilapidated stalls and replaced with 18 new modern stalls.                                                                                                                

“The Coalition Government has provided $58,733 towards this new project through its Victorian Racing Industry Fund, with the Sale Turf Club and Racing Victoria each contributing $29,366 towards the total project cost of $117,465.”

Mr Ryan said these upgrades built on other recent improvements at Sale racecourse funded by the Coalition Government including an enhanced irrigation and drainage system and a new set of practice starting stalls.

Sale Turf Club chairman David Wilson said with 20 race meetings annually, the provision of a big screen would ensure more than 20,000 patrons that frequented the course would not miss a minute of the action. 

“The new and larger tie-up stalls ensure horses, trainers and strappers are provided with a safe environment leading into their race. 

“The additional new stalls complete the replacement program which provides the club with 123 tie up stalls to be used on race day and during early morning track work conducted on a daily basis,” Mr Wilson said.
 
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said the Coalition Government was a strong supporter of country racing and was committed to growing the economic and social benefits that arise from the racing industry.

“The racing industry provides an economic benefit of $110 million to Gippsland, including 1,100 full-time jobs and the direct participation of more than 5,600 people,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Coalition Government’s $80 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund, derived from unclaimed dividends and on-course wagering taxes, is critical to growing these economic benefits,” he said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to backing these important projects because it is vital to foster growth in the racing industry, which is worth $940 million annually to the state’s rural and regional economy.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404 

A new police station for Sale progressing on time and on budget

* * - Friday, October 24, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier inspects works at site of new Sale police station
  • New station on track to be complete by March 2015
  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $18.2 million for project

The site of the old prison in Sale is being transformed into a new modern 24-hour police station that will assist Victoria Police protect and serve the community of Sale and district.

The Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today inspected the construction of the new Sale police station and said works were expected to be completed by March next year.

“Development at the site has moved ahead over the past months, with significant progress having now been achieved,” Mr Ryan said.

“The result is a very impressive building, with its architectural superiority to be surpassed only by its functionality.”

Mr Ryan said the new police station would accommodate a uniform branch, CIU,  highway patrol, police prosecutors, sexual offences and child abuse investigation team, and the Police Service Area Commander.

“The building will include interview rooms, holding cells and conference and training facilities that will be used an as incident control centre during emergency situations. Staff will have access to mess rooms, change rooms and a gym.

“An absolute feature of the building is the old red brick prison wall which has been retained and incorporated in the modern design of the new station,” Mr Ryan said.

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said the existing police station at Sale, built in 1976, no longer met the needs of the local police.

“This is the oldest 24-hour police station east of Dandenong and is long overdue of an upgrade,” Mr O’Brien said.

“When it opens the new station will have room for 63 police personnel and has significant room for growth inline with police numbers in future years.

“The Coalition Government recently announced the success of its $602 million commitment deliver 1,700 additional frontline police.

“This was the single largest law enforcement recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history.

“The Coalition Government is investing record levels of funding in Victoria Police, enabling them to keep communities safer.” 

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404 







Coalition Government delivers a further $1.3 million for South Gippsland Highway

* * - Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • 14 sections of the South Gippsland Highway to be resealed
  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $1.3 million to complete works
  • Community feedback helped identify areas in need of resealing

The Victorian Coalition Government continues to repair key roads in South Gippsland, with a further $1.3 million being injected into resealing works on damaged sections of the South Gippsland Highway.

The $1.3 million investment will reseal a total of 14 sections of the South Gippsland Highway from Lang Lang to Stradbroke, providing significant relief for local motorists.

The investment will be provided through the Coalition Government’s record $500 million roads maintenance investment.

The first of the 14 sections of the South Gippsland Highway to be resealed was announced recently, with $34,000 allocated for works near Meeniyan.

Today’s announcement confirms the remaining 13 sections of the South Gippsland Highway to be resealed, including sections at Lang Lang, Korumburra, Leongatha, Meeniyan, Welshpool, Yarram and Stradbroke.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan welcomed the investment and said the resealing works would begin shortly.

“Over the winter months VicRoads carried out significant patching works along the South Gippsland Highway, providing a short term fix,” Mr Ryan said.

“This work was only designed to be a temporary fix, with important resealing works held off until the warmer months, which are now upon us.

“The resealing works will improve the road surface, creating a smoother ride for motorists, while making the road surface waterproof and more resistant to future damage.

“I want to reassure local motorists that we are listening to their concerns about road conditions and will continue to invest to fix our roads.”

Mr Ryan said VicRoads would continue to monitor the condition of the local road network and he encouraged locals to continue reporting damaged sections of road to VicRoads so it could be patched and resealed as quickly as possible.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien echoed Mr Ryan’s comments and said VicRoads had taken into account community feedback when identifying the sections of the highway in need of significant repairs.

“I thank the South Gippsland community for its strong feedback, and I want to reassure locals that we are listening to their concerns,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Nationals, working in Coalition Government, will continue to invest in our road network to repair the significant damage which has occurred over recent years.

“The Nationals understand that fixing country roads, saves country lives.”

Mr O’Brien said the Coalition Government had invested well over $100 million to fix and upgrade local roads in South Gippsland over the past three and a half years, with more money flowing through to the region on an ongoing basis.

“We will continue to prioritise this region to ensure our local roads can be fixed or upgraded as quickly as possible,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We will also continue to invest in key safety upgrades, new passing lanes as well as supporting local councils to fix and improve local roads.” 

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Deputy Premier announce Benalla Botanical Gardens facelift

* * - Thursday, October 23, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier announces $400,000 for Benalla Botanical Gardens facelift
  • Project to create a modern community precinct
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better regional and rural Victoria

The children’s precinct at the historic Benalla Botanical Gardens will receive a major facelift including new play equipment, a new formal entry, open space play areas, better seating, new garden beds and connecting pathways.

The facelift is part of a $610,000 investment designed to breathe new life into the popular local attraction, bringing it in-line with today’s expectations.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan, Liberal candidate for Euroa Tony Schneider and Member for Benalla Bill Sykes in Benalla today to announce the facelift and provide the news that the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $400,000 of the $610,000 required to complete it.

Mr Ryan said $300,000 of the Coalition Government’s $400,000 investment would be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, with $100,000 coming through the Community Facility Funding Program, administered by the Minister for Sport Damian Drum.

Mr Ryan said the remaining $210,000 would be provided by a number of community contributors including Benalla Rural City Council ($167,000), Tomorrow Today Foundation ($13,000), Friends of the Gardens ($10,000), and Rotary Club of Benalla ($20,000 in-kind).

Mr Ryan said the $610,000 investment would fund:

  • demolition and site preparation;
  • upgrade of plumbing in existing facilities and amenities;
  • landscaping of new garden beds and refurbishment of pathways;
  • construction of play equipment, formal entry, community open space and seating; and
  • improvements to the public car park.

“Located in the heart of Benalla, the botanical gardens is a popular spot for family picnics, and a key visitor drawcard, particularly for those travelling up and down the Hume Highway,” Mr Ryan said.

“Over the past few years the gardens, particularly the area in which we are standing here today, has begun to show its age and is in desperate need of a facelift.

“Both Bill Sykes and Steph Ryan have been lobbying hard alongside the Benalla Rural City Council to secure this investment, and I am proud to be here today with them to announce this important funding has been secured.”

Mr Ryan said the works would rejuvenate the parklands and create an attractive and functional open-air space for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

The improvements will complement the surrounding attractions including the Benalla Art Gallery and the Lake Benalla Boardwalk.

“When complete, this project will have created a community hub with the capacity to increase tourism and boost the local economy,” Mr Ryan said.

“It will also make this great location an even more popular place for locals to spend time, particularly on weekends and warm summer evenings, and I look forward to returning here to see these wonderful additions and improvements once complete.”

Mr Ryan said works would begin shortly and would be finished by this time next year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Living still a Good Move under Coalition

* * - Thursday, October 23, 2014

 

  • Regional Living Expo and Good Move campaign to continue under a re-elected Coalition Government
  • Coalition Government delivers integrated campaign to drive regional growth
  • Strong, diverse and prosperous regions vital in building a better Victoria

The successful Regional Victoria Living Expo and associated Good Move campaign will continue under a re-elected Coalition Government, Premier and Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine announced today.

Speaking at a Regional Cities Victoria Forum, Dr Napthine said a re-elected Coalition Government would continue the highly successful expo and the marketing campaign over the next four years, both of which are designed to drive population growth in regional and rural Victoria.

“The Regional Victoria Living Expo, which was first run in 2011, is a free annual event which brings together all the key information about moving to regional and rural Victoria under one roof,” Dr Napthine said.

“In 2014, the Expo, at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, attracted a record crowd of more than 9,600 visitors – city-dwellers looking to move to our regional and rural communities and make the most of what a regional lifestyle has to offer.

“Every family that moves to a regional community helps to make our regional communities the wonderful places they are, while also contributing to and developing the local economy,” Dr Napthine said.

“Councils have provided us with strong feedback about the success of the Expo, and it has become a key event in their marketing calendars.

“We have seen many examples of Victorian families making the move to our regional communities after exposure to the Regional Victoria Living Expo,” Dr Napthine said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said a re-elected Coalition Government would also continue its successful Good Move campaign, which capitalises on the Expo through a marketing campaign aimed at addressing the perceived barriers to moving.

“This is part of our integrated approach to accelerating growth in regional and rural Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Good Move campaign works hand-in-hand with the Regional Living Expo to showcase real-life examples of Victorian families who have discovered how making the move to regional Victoria has improved their quality of life,” Mr Ryan said.

“The campaign has been informed by research which shows that nine per cent of Melburnians would consider a move to regional Victoria in the next three years.

“The Coalition Government understands that the key to achieving balanced population growth is to encourage more people to live and work in regional Victoria.

“With our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, the Regional Living Expo and the Good Move Campaign, the Coalition Government is the only party with a plan to grow and develop regional areas and build a better Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Coalition Government gives voice to rural councils

* * - Thursday, October 23, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier commits $3 million to continue Networked Rural Councils
  • Coalition Government’s investment supports Victoria’s 38 rural councils
  • Coalition Government building a better regional and rural Victoria

Networked Rural Councils, which provides a collective voice for Victoria’s 38 rural councils, will be funded for a further four years under a re-elected Victorian Coalition Government.

Speaking to Mayors and CEOs of Victoria’s 38 rural councils in Melbourne yesterday, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan announced that a re-elected Coalition Government would continue to support Rural Councils Victoria to deliver the Networked Rural Councils program with $3 million over four years.

The $3 million investment if the Coalition Government is re-elected will be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government recognised the importance of helping Rural Councils Victoria provide a collective voice for the state’s 38 rural councils.

“Rural councils have local on-the-ground knowledge to deliver initiatives that benefit our rural communities, and by sharing this knowledge and information we can make a real difference across the state,” Mr Ryan said.

“Each of our rural councils have individual and unique needs, however, there are many situations where they can benefit from networking and a shared voice.

“Whether it is the Wellington Shire, East Gippsland, Yarriambiack, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Benalla, Mitchell or Campaspe, our rural shires need a forum to be able to come together and speak as one – Networked Rural Councils provides this forum.

“Lobbying as one enables our rural shires to secure additional state and federal funding for local services and infrastructure, it ensures innovative service delivery solutions can be shared, and helps our rural councils attract new business, jobs and investment – particularly at a regional level.

“Today’s announcement that a re-elected Coalition Government will continue the successful $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program for another four years is a perfect example of the benefits of a single voice.

“Thanks to strong lobbying from Bill MacArthur and others here today, our rural councils will each receive $4 million over four years to build and repair shire managed roads and bridges.

“Without our 38 councils lobbying for this initiative as one, and a Coalition Government which recognises the importance of our rural areas, this funding would simply not have been made available.

“And it certainly would not be delivered under a Daniel Andrews-led Labor government which refuses to commit to funding the Country Roads and Bridges Program, nor further funding Networked Rural Councils.

“Labor’s focus is squarely on union-led, city-based projects, that do nothing for communities outside of Melbourne.”

Minister for Local Government Tim Bull joined Mr Ryan in Melbourne yesterday to meet with the 38 Mayors and CEOs and said he strongly welcomed the four-year, $3 million commitment if re-elected, to continue the Networked Rural Councils program.

“This great program is empowering our rural councils to meet current and future challenges,” Mr Bull said.

“It is enabling them to collaborate on projects that stimulate growth and economic development.

“By working collaboratively, local councils are identifying and addressing issues they have in common and they are participating in decision making that impacts on their broader region – which makes this program so valuable.

“Only a Liberal Nationals Coalition Government is committed to supporting our rural councils.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Growth Fund delivers for Katandra West

* * - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $999,000 towards $1.3 million Katandra West Community Centre
  • Project will support Katandra Kats and a wide-range of user groups
  • Coalition Government building a better regional and rural Victoria

The Victorian Coalition Government will invest almost $1 million to build a new community centre in Katandra West, delivering a one-stop-shop for local sports clubs, community events, meetings and celebrations.

The new Katandra West Community Centre will be located at the Katandra West Recreation Reserve, replacing the century-old Katandra West Hall as a centre-point for life in the small Goulburn Valley community.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr in Katandra West today to announce the Coalition Government will invest $999,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in the construction of the $1.3 million community centre.

The Katandra West Community Facilities Committee of Management will provide $150,000 towards construction of the new community centre, with the Greater Shepparton City Council providing a further $151,000.

Mr Ryan said the $1.3 million investment will deliver a 685-square metre multipurpose facility, featuring:

  • a large multi-purpose area and meeting room;
  • male, female and disabled toilets;
  • female and umpire change rooms; and
  • commercial kitchen, cool room, storage space, bar and serving area.

Mr Ryan said the new community centre will benefit a number of local user groups including the Katandra Kats Football and Netball Club, local cricket and tennis clubs, Country Women’s Association, CFA, Girl Guides, Ukiah Club and Katandra West Primary School.

Mr Ryan said the new community centre will be the ideal location to host community celebrations such as birthday parties, weddings and engagement parties, community meetings, conferences and other community events.

“Every small town needs a modern, accessible and useable community space to host local events and celebrations,” Mr Ryan said.

“While the existing community hall has served Katandra West for more than a century, it is beginning to show its age and no longer meets the needs and expectations of the community.

“The Coalition Government’s almost $1 million investment will deliver a modern and flexible community centre that will be a focal point for the Katandra West community for the next 100 years, and is sure to be the scene of many great nights for locals.

“This investment will deliver modern facilities for local sports clubs such as the mighty Katandra Kats, with the new umpire and female change rooms to be a welcome addition, particularly for the netballers.

“This project is another terrific example of why The Nationals, working in a Coalition Government, fought to secure the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund, we have been able to invest in countless projects similar to this right across regional and rural Victoria, projects that would otherwise have struggled to attract funding support from government.”

Mr Barr, a passionate Katandra West local, welcomed this investment, describing it as long overdue.

“As a local, I know how important the community hall is to our community,” Mr Barr said.

“Whether it’s hosting Girl Guides, school concerts, the football/netball club ball, 21st birthday parties, weddings and funerals, the community hall has seen it all.

“To now have a facility of this calibre at our disposal for local meetings and other community events is a real shot-in-the-arm for Katandra West.

“I am proud to be part of a strong National Party team which continues to deliver for the Goulburn Valley and its many communities including Katandra West.”

Mr Barr said construction would begin shortly with the project to be completed by the end of next year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Victoria Coalition Government invests to create 12 new jobs in Shepparton

* * - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 

  • 12 new Shepparton jobs created as Peter Stoitse Transport expands
  • $750,000 investment to deliver transport depot and truck maintenance facility
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better Shepparton

Twelve new jobs will be created in Shepparton as Gippsland-based company Peter Stoitse Transport expands its Goulburn Valley operations.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan today joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr in Shepparton to announce the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $75,000 to support Stoitse’s $750,000 relocation and expansion.

Mr Ryan said the $750,000 project would enable Stoitse to relocate from Tatura to Benalla Road in Shepparton, and build a new milk transport depot and truck maintenance facility.

Peter Stoitse Transport has 130 full-time staff and operates 80 trucks from depots in Allansford, Hallam, Yarram, Maffra, Leongatha, Tatura, Wallace and Longwarry.

Its Tatura depot is currently located at Tatura Milk Industries, its biggest local customer, but the company has been unable to expand its depot due to size constraints.

This investment will allow Stoitse to relocated to larger premises in Shepparton, enabling it to significantly grow its Goulburn Valley presence.

Mr Ryan said the $750,000 relocation project would include: Development of a new hardstand, truck parking and fuelling facilities; Installation of new tanker sterilisation and cleaning facilities; Construction of a new complex and driver buildings; and Development of a new maintenance workshop.

“As a proud Gippslander, it gives me great pleasure to be here today alongside Greg Barr to announce the Coalition Government’s support for this great Gippsland company as it expands its Goulburn Valley operations and creates a dozen new local jobs,” Mr Ryan said.

“This project will provide a significant boost for Stoitse in the Goulburn Valley, enabling the company to better service local milk processors and producers.

“More importantly, this investment will create 12 new full-time jobs in Shepparton, including depot operators, mechanics, maintenance employees and truck drivers.”

Mr Ryan said the company recently signed a five year contact to provide transportation for

Tatura Milk Industries, ensuring the expansion would be viable.

The project will be completed within a year.

Mr Barr welcomed the investment and said the project would deliver a number of wins for the region.

“Part of the investment includes independent tanker sterilisation and washing facilities, which enables Stoitse to service other local dairy businesses including Pactum Dairy Group,” Mr Barr said.

“Moving to a larger site will also help Stoitse to diversify its Goulburn Valley business, with the potential for future growth and more new local jobs.”

Mr Barr said the relocation would also deliver a number of benefits for Tatura Milk Industries, including a reduction of trade waste from truck washing. It will also enable Tatura Milk Industries to redevelop the former Stoitse site, accommodating future growth.

“Investing in projects that deliver a win-win for regional and rural communities is a priority for the Victorian Coalition Government, and was a key reason why I was drawn to The Nationals,” Mr Barr said.

“This investment continues the Coalition Government’s strong and ongoing commitment to Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley.

“As The Nationals candidate for Shepparton I will continue to work within a Coalition Government to secure investments for our region.

“I am not afraid of hard work and I will continue to promote the best interests of Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley region more broadly.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Pactum Dairy Group expansion creates 14 new jobs

* * - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 

  • Coalition Government invests $1 million in Pactum Dairy Group expansion
  • $18 million project will boost exports and create 14 new jobs in Shepparton
  • Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund is building a better Shepparton

Fourteen new full-time jobs will be created at Pactum Dairy Group, as the benefits of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund continue to flow through to the local economy.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr in Shepparton today to announce the Coalition Government would invest $1 million to support an $18 million expansion at Pactum Dairy Group.

The expansion will create 14 new full-time jobs, many more in the supply chain, and boost UHT milk exports to Asia.

The $18 million investment, which includes the installation of new filling lines, processing lines and associated infrastructure, will enable the company to process an additional 50 million litres of UHT milk per year, for a total of 200 million litres of UHT per year.

The Coalition Government’s $1 million investment will be provided through the Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund, and follows an earlier $950,000 investment to support a $60 million expansion at the Shepparton site which created 52 full-time jobs.

Mr Ryan said the additional processing capacity from this latest investment would enable Pactum to meet the ever increasing demand from Asia for Australian milk products.

“Asian countries, particularly China, have an insatiable thirst for Australian dairy products,” Mr Ryan said.

“Our reputation for producing high quality, clean, green dairy products, including UHT milk, make our products a must for the growing Asian middle-class.

“Pactum Dairy Group has been able to capitalise on our great reputation, with 75 per cent of its existing sales occurring overseas.

“Since beginning production earlier this year, Pactum has received strong interest from Asian countries to ship more of its product more often, which has meant this $18 million investment had to be fast-tracked to keep up with demand.

“The Coalition Government is a proud supporter of Pactum as it continues to grow and we are pleased to invest $1 million to support this $18 million expansion.

“A strong Pactum Dairy Group benefits local farmers and creates more jobs for locals and we look forward to continuing our strong association with the company over the coming years.”

Mr Barr welcomed the investment and said the pace of growth at Pactum was astonishing.

“Pactum’s rise has been truly remarkable, growing from nothing to be in a position to employ more than 65 locals and supporting many more workers in the supply chain and on-farm,” Mr Barr said.

“This investment is proof that food processing and manufacturing has a bright future here in Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley, and I applaud the Coalition Government for not only recognising that, but investing significantly to assist it.

“To have a strong and sustainable local economy, we need companies like Pactum to continue to invest locally.

“I am confident that it will not be too long before Pactum is considered right up there alongside other major Goulburn Valley companies such as SPC and Campbells as a major regional employer.”

Mr Barr said today’s announcement was the second project to be funded through the $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund.

It follows last month’s $1.37 million investment to enable Ryan Meat Company in Nathalia to undertake a $5.5 million expansion that will create 70 new full-time jobs and boost exports of lamb from the region.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731


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