Press Releases

Sale kindergartens to receive $21,700 boost from Coalition

* * - Monday, September 15, 2014

 

• $21,700 to improve early years services in Sale
• Gwenfa Hampton, Hyland & Sale North kindergartens to benefit
• Victorian Coalition Government is building better early learning facilities

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced Sale Combined Kindergartens would receive $21,700 to improve outdoors play areas and purchase new IT.

Mr Ryan said Sale Combined Kindergartens included Gwenfa Hampton Kindergarten in Fitzroy Street, Hyland Kindergarten in Cunninghame Street and Sale North Kindergarten in Marilyn Way.

He said a combined $8,700 would be provided to the three kindergartens to develop outdoor play and activity stations, and $1,500 to purchase a new computer to assist in the administration of the three facilities.

Mr Ryan said Gwenfa Hampton would also receive $10,000 to develop an interactive outdoor activity area, including a vegetable garden, and a further $1500 to purchase two tablet devices.

“This investment is great news for local children who attend one of these three great local kindergartens,” Mr Ryan said.

“The outdoor play and activity stations will be a welcome addition to all three kindergartens, creating a safe and stimulating environment for children to learn in.

“This additional investment at Gwenfa Hampton for an interactive outdoor play area and vegetable garden will be warmly welcomed by the children and their parents.

“The new computer and tablets will also be of great benefit to the centre’s dedicated staff, giving them the tools they need to operate these three kindergartens.

“The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, are committed to giving local children the best possible start in life through improved early learning facilities.”

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said the grants were crucial to ensuring Victorian early years services can continue to deliver the world class learning programs for Victorian families.

“Victoria already leads the nation in early childhood education and care, and by improving early years facilities and infrastructure, we are making Victoria an even better place for families with children,” Ms Lovell said.

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Rosedale early learning centre receives $11,000 boost from Victorian Coalition Government

* * - Monday, September 15, 2014

 

• IT and minor works grants to improve early years services in Rosedale
• Total of $2.9 million allocated for early childhood learning grants across Victoria
• Victorian Coalition Government is building better early learning facilities

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced that Rosedale’s Neighbourhood Kids Early Learning Centre would receive $11,395 to improve its outdoor play area and purchase new IT.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $10,000 to build a new gazebo and carry out improvements to the garden at the Neighbourhood Kids Early Learning Centre.

He said the remaining $1395 would be used to purchase a new computer to assist staff in the running of the centre.

“This investment is great news for local children who attend Rosedale’s Neighbourhood Kids Early Learning Centre,” Mr Ryan said.

“These works are a welcome addition to the centre, creating a safe and stimulating environment for children to learn and play.

“The new computer will also be of great benefit to the centre’s dedicated staff, giving them the tools they need to operate this facility.

“The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, are committed to giving local children the best possible start in life through improved early learning facilities.”

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said the     $2.9 million program was crucial to ensuring Victorian early years services continue to deliver the world class learning programs for families.

“Victoria already leads the nation in early childhood education and care, and by improving early years facilities and infrastructure, we are making Victoria an even better place for families with children,” Ms Lovell said.

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Leongatha and Korumburra early years services to receive IT boost

* * - Monday, September 15, 2014

 

• Deputy Premier announces almost $4,500 to purchase new IT equipment
• Allora Kindergarten, Hassett Street Kindergarten, Leongatha Children’s Centre, and Korumburra Kindergarten to benefit
• Victorian Coalition Government is investing in early learning services

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced Allora Kindergarten, Hassett Street Kindergarten, Leongatha Children’s Centre, and Korumburra Kindergarten would share in almost $4,500 to purchase new IT equipment.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government would invest a total of $2916 for new desktop computers for Allora Kindergarten and Hassett Street Kindergarten, and a new printer for Leongatha Children’s Centre.

He said Korumburra Kindergarten would receive $1,500 to purchase two iPads to assist with administration.

“The new computers, iPads and printer will be of great benefit to the four childcare centres’ dedicated staff, giving them the tools they need to run their facilities,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, are committed to giving local children the best possible start in life through improved early learning facilities.

“IT equipment is expensive and forever evolving, meaning many of our local kindergartens and early learning centres need to update their systems on a regular basis.

“By supporting our local early learning centres to purchase new IT equipment we are taking one more stress away from our local centres, enabling staff to focus on what they do best and that is look after our local children.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government had supported 643 Victorian kindergartens and children’s centres to upgrade their facilities and IT systems through $2.9 million in grants.

He about 200 desktop computers, 150 tablets, 80 laptops, 25 printers and 20 touch tables would be purchased through these grants program. 

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said the grants were crucial to ensuring Victorian early years services can continue to deliver the world class learning programs for Victorian families.

“Victoria already leads the nation in early childhood education and care, and by improving early years facilities and infrastructure, we are making Victoria an even better place for families with children,” Ms Lovell said.

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Federation Square East Expressions of Interest now open

* * - Monday, September 15, 2014

 

  • Expressions of Interest now open for Federation Square East site
  • 3.3 hectare project site in central Melbourne to be city’s ‘jewel in the crown’
  • Napthine Government building a better Victoria

Expressions of Interest are now open for Melbourne’s premier Federation Square East development, the Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett announced at an event attended by key industry stakeholders today.

“Today we are releasing a unique opportunity for an outstanding precinct in the heart of our great city,” Mr Ryan said.

“Federation Square East will be a new jewel in Melbourne’s crown and the Victorian Coalition Government is proud to be taking action and releasing this incredible opportunity to the market.

“We are offering a 3.3 hectare site with exceptional building layout and design flexibility to accommodate a mixed use development. We are looking for a great design and exciting, active spaces to create a new destination that is the very essence of Melbourne.

“This will be a major new precinct that takes advantage of the site’s proximity to transport and the very best of Melbourne but also respects and enhances the amenity of the area around it.

“Federation Square East is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s policy to unlock under-utilised land along the rail corridor such as at E Gate, Flinders Street Station and Richmond Station.

“Together, this suite of projects represents opportunities for billions of dollars in development, the creation of thousands of jobs, and a project pipeline stretching out for decades,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Hodgett said that the Federation Square East project was entering an exciting new phase.

“Last year we conducted a Request for Industry Submissions which confirmed that there is appetite for the delivery of a viable mixed use precinct and that industry is best placed to come up with innovative, value for money solutions for the site,” Mr Hodgett said.

“The Coalition Government’s expectation of strong benefits for the public is reflected in the project objectives which talk about creating a distinctive destination, an exceptional design, enhancing and connecting the area and balancing financial returns with public outcomes.

“The successful proponent will secure the best development opportunity currently available in Melbourne in terms of location, flexibility, amenity, infrastructure and marketability.

“We have an excellent site in the heart of a prosperous city with a strong property market and I am looking forward to seeing what the innovation and creativity of industry can deliver for Melbourne,” Mr Hodgett said.

Expressions of Interest for Federation Square East close on 11 December 2014. For more information or to register, please visit www.fedsquareeast.com.au

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Full steam ahead at the Moe rail precinct

* * - Monday, September 15, 2014

 

Construction of the Moe Civic Hub is now underway, and in 18 months will provide an attractive new space for residents to socialise and study.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the works at the Moe Rail Precinct were a great example of all three levels of government working together for the community.

“The $14.3 million Moe Civic Hub will be a great space for residents, with a café, public meeting rooms, a community kitchen, and most importantly, a new home for the public library,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent was in Moe today, and joined Deputy Premier of Victoria Peter Ryan and Latrobe City Council Mayor Sharon Gibson to turn the first sod and officially start construction on this exciting project.

Mr Broadbent said the train line currently divided north and south Moe, and the works at the Moe rail precinct would turn that around.

“This project has been a long time coming and I’m thrilled and delighted for all those community members who have lobbied all levels of government. This is a great day for the people of Moe and I congratulate you all on seeing this valuable project through to completion,” Mr Broadbent said.

“By building a swathe of new green spaces and public areas we are linking the town centre with its surroundings, and reconnecting the north and south.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund had invested $3 million into the $14.3 million first stage of the project.

The new hub will include a state-of-the-art public library, Council service centre, public meeting and research rooms and consulting suites. Public toilets, a café, outdoor spaces and green roof are also planned.

“Projects like this show just how effective a well-managed Regional Growth Fund can be through investing in local infrastructure," Mr Ryan said.

“The Regional Growth Fund is making a real difference in regional communities - investing in community led projects, while strategically driving jobs and investment.

“In the Latrobe region alone, the Regional Growth Fund is investing $20.5 million into 73 projects, leveraging $72.63 million in total investment.

“The Regional Growth Fund invested $1.1 million in the $1.55 million Moe Outdoor Pool Refurbishment and $1.5 million in the $2 million Growing Aerospace Manufacturing at Latrobe Regional Airport.”  

Cr Gibson said the Moe Civic Hub would turn what were the Moe Railway Station yards into an inviting space for residents.
 
“This project is all about innovation and making otherwise unused spaces into recreational spaces. Even the roof of the Civic Hub will become a green space, creating a welcoming environment for people to visit while also improving the building’s thermal efficiency.

I would like to thank the State and Federal governments for making the project a reality.”

The Moe Civic Hub is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $7.5 million, the Victorian Government $3.95 million and Latrobe City Council $2.85 million.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Deputy Premier announces $5 million to build a new CFA station in Morwell

* * - Friday, September 12, 2014

 

  • New CFA station will support the work of Morwell’s 17 career firefighters and around 80 volunteers
  • This financial year CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than it was when Labor left office
  • Victorian Coalition Government supporting those who protect their fellow Victorians

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan today announced the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $5 million to build a new CFA station in Morwell.

“The Coalition Government is building a better and safer Victoria and enhancing emergency response capabilities for the people of Morwell and surrounding areas,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $5 million investment will fund land acquisition and the construction of a new station, ensuring our firefighters are equipped with the tools and resources they need to do their job.”

Mr Ryan was joined by Minister for Energy and Resources and Small Business, and Member for Morwell, Russell Northe who said the local community would welcome the announcement.

“This is fantastic news for Morwell, as it will significantly enhance emergency services in our area and ensure the Morwell CFA is equipped for current and future needs,” Mr Northe said.

“The Morwell CFA is an integrated station with 17 career firefighters and around 80 volunteer firefighters who work shoulder to shoulder responding to emergencies and protecting life and property in our area.

“Responding to around 750 turnouts each year and providing vital services to Victoria’s critical power and economic infrastructure and other business in the Latrobe Valley, the Morwell CFA will be able to offer even greater protection to the people of Morwell as a result of this $5 million investment.”

Mr Ryan said The Nationals, as part of a strong Coalition Government team, were working hard to ensure Morwell was better protected from the threat of fire and other emergencies.

“To support the recommendations from the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, we are establishing a new Latrobe City CFA District which will enhance the CFA’s ability to work with industry and the community to prevent and respond to fires in the region,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government is also establishing a taskforce, led by the Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley, to work with mine operators on planning and preparedness for the coming fire season and beyond.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government has a proven and strong commitment to supporting the CFA and its firefighters who play a critical role in Victoria’s emergency response.

“The Coalition Government remains on track to deliver 250 CFA station upgrades by November this year as part of a $125 million investment, with 230 upgrades now complete,” Mr Ryan said.

“Since coming to office we have also invested more than $108 million to purchase 275 CFA trucks.

“In addition to this, more than 180 additional career firefighters have been recruited to support the ongoing work of more than 55,000 CFA volunteers, with a further 50 extra recruits expected to graduate by the end of the year.

“The Coalition Government’s significant investments in Victoria’s fire services and the broad suite of emergency management reforms that have been introduced over the past four years have helped to ensure Victoria is now better protected.”

Mr Ryan said since coming to office in November 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $2.29 billion in funding.

“This financial year the CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than it was when Labor left office,” Mr Ryan said.

“This record investment highlights the Coalition Government's strong commitment to Victoria’s regional communities and the work our firefighters do keeping Victorians safe.”

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Poowong Kindergarten wins sustainability award

* * - Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

· Poowong Kindergarten takes out ResourceSmart School Award 2014
· Poowong Kindergarten recognised for its bush tucker sensory garden
· Victorian Coalition Government is helping our schools to become more sustainable

Poowong Kindergarten has been named Victoria’s ResourceSmart kinder of the year.

Poowong Kindergarten and Dunkeld Kindergarten in western Victoria, were announced joint winners of the sustainability prize at a ceremony in Melbourne this week

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan congratulated the Poowong Kindergarten for their efforts.

Mr Ryan acknowledged the work of the staff and children in the creation of a bush tucker sensory garden.

“This project gives the children the opportunity to learn and play and develop a respect for nature, helping them to develop a lifelong appreciation for the environment,” Mr Ryan said.

“In addition to this the Poowong Kindergarten community worked to include sustainable practices into every aspect of their service, further developing socially and environmentally responsible individuals.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government’s ResourceSmart School Awards was Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program for primary and secondary schools, and for the first time this year included an early childhood category. 

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith more than 1,100 early childhood services, primary and secondary schools across Victoria participated in the program this year and saved more than $1.3 million in energy costs. 

“This is part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to invest $8.3 million to help schools adopt better sustainable practices to protect the environment,” Mr Smith said.

Minister for Education Martin Dixon said the Coalition Government’s ResourceSmart School Awards were a great time to recognise our schools who are working smarter to lessen their impact on the local environment.

“The students, staff, parents and community at Poowong Kindergarten should be really proud of their efforts in reducing their environmental footprint,” Mr Dixon said.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell welcomed the new category recognising the sustainability efforts of our youngest Victorians and congratulated Poowong Kindergarten. 

“Poowong Kindergarten has successfully embedded sustainable practises into every aspect of their service,” Ms Lovell said.

“Under the Coalition Government, Victorian children are now learning about nature and the environment from an even earlier age.”

Mr Ryan said Poowong Kindergarten would share in up to $40,000 cash and prizes to help grow their sustainability projects.

For a full list of winners or information about ResourceSmart Schools visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schoolsawards

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

A major boost for recycling at the Kilmany tip

* * - Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

· Victorian Coalition Government invests $105,000 to improve recycling at the Kilmany tip  
· The $210,000 project will see 800 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill
· The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, are building a better regional Victoria

Eight-hundred tonnes of waste otherwise destined for landfill will be recycled, with the Victorian Coalition Government investing more than $100,000 to improve waste and recycling infrastructure at the Kilmany tip.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced a $105,000 investment towards the $210,000 Kilmany tip recycling project, with funding provided through the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund. 

Mr Ryan said Wellington Shire Council would contribute $105,000 towards the project.

“This investment will enable council to extend the Kilmany Resource and Recovery Centre and purchase additional skips for the site, giving the local community better access to recycling facilities,” Mr Ryan said.

“The project will make it easier for council to collect and recover materials, ensuring more waste otherwise destined for landfill can be recovered and reused.

“This investment will see an estimated 800 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill, providing positive environmental and social benefits for our local community.”

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said 31 transfer stations and resource recovery centres across regional Victoria would share in $2.25 million in funding through the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund.

“Once the upgrades are implemented, these 31 transfer stations will recover an additional 4,600 tonnes of materials each year, bringing recovery levels up to more than 18,000 tonnes a year,” Mr Smith said.

“That is the equivalent of 460 trucks loads of rubbish that would have been sent to landfill being recycled.”

Mr Ryan said more information on the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund was available online at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

A boost for recycling at the Koonwarra tip

* * - Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

· Victorian Coalition Government invests $18,200 to improve recycling at the Koonwarra tip  
· The $36,400 project will see 50 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill
· The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, are building a better regional Victoria

Fifty tonnes of waste otherwise destined for landfill will be recycled or resold, with the Victorian Coalition Government investing more than $18,000 to improve waste and recycling infrastructure at the Koonwarra tip.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced an $18,200 investment towards the $36,400 recycling project at the Koonwarra tip, with funding provided through the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund. 

Mr Ryan said South Gippsland Shire Council would contribute $18,200 towards the project.

“This investment will enable council to build an enclosed shed and resale shop, improving recycling facilities at the Koonwarra tip,” Mr Ryan said.

“The project will make it easier for council to collect and recover materials, ensuring more waste otherwise destined for landfill can be recovered and reused or resold.

“This investment will see an estimated 50 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill, providing positive environmental and social benefits for our local community.”

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said 31 transfer stations and resource recovery centres across regional Victoria would share in $2.25 million in funding through the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund.

“Once the upgrades are implemented, these 31 transfer stations will recover an additional 4,600 tonnes of materials each year, bringing recovery levels up to more than 18,000 tonnes a year,” Mr Smith said.

“That is the equivalent of 460 trucks loads of rubbish that would have been sent to landfill being recycled.”

Mr Ryan said more information on the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund was available online at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Bright future for the Port of Portland

* * - Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government investment helps Portland attract cruise vessels
  • Cruise trade delivers significant benefits to Portland and the south-west region
  • Port to benefit from Coalition Government’s Murray Basin Rail Project

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan today visited the Port of Portland to inspect the completed $486,000 Cruise Vessel Terminal Infrastructure Project, made possible by an almost $250,000 investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Ryan said the project delivered infrastructure upgrades to the S.L. Patterson berth located at the Lee Breakwater, increasing accessibility for all vessels and providing adequate docking facilities for cruise ships.

Mr Ryan said the Port of Portland hosted its first cruise ship earlier this year, with the German MS Europa docking in March.

“The infrastructure upgrades have been a winner for the community of Portland, with the port now able to attract cruise ships which bring a range of benefits to the region,” Mr Ryan said.

“More than 130 passengers from the MS Europa spent the day in Portland, and with each passenger spending on average $200 it proved to be a significant economic earner for the community and resulted in one of the strongest trading days for local businesses.

“The Port of Portland now expects to attract on average 14 cruise vessels per year, providing a significant and ongoing boost for local businesses and tourism operators.

“Already seven cruise ship visits to Portland by three companies have been confirmed for the next financial year, which is fantastic news for the region.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government’s recently announced $220 million Murray Basin Rail Project would also provide significant benefits for the Port of Portland, ensuring a bright future for the port and the region more broadly.

“The Liberal Nationals Coalition Government’s transformational Murray Basin Rail Project will improve linkages between Portland, Mildura and north western Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Port of Portland has indicated that the Coalition Government’s visionary investment will pay dividends for the next 30 to 40 years, with the port’s underutilised rail yard ready to receive up to 1 million tonnes of grain.

“The port currently employs 80 staff, however 400-500 people can be working on the docks at any one time.

“If an additional 1 million tonnes of grain can be sent through the Port or Portland many new local jobs will be created as a result.

“Only the Coalition Government is committed to delivering the Murray Basin Rail Project, with the Daniel Andrews-led Labor Party remaining silent, preferring instead to direct resources into the removal of level crossings in safe Labor-held city seats if returned to government.”

Following his visit to the Port of Portland, Mr Ryan met with the Professional Divers Group in Portland.

Mr Ryan said the company, which has operated for the past 30 years and employs around 60 staff, continues to grow in strength and diversity, with an emphasis on safety and high-end services, including underwater construction and demolition, maintenance, survey, salvage and training.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731


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