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Deputy Premier visits ATC ahead of IMARC

* * - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 

  • Manufacturing and mining make significant contribution to Bendigo economy
  • Local success story ATC supplies turntables to Asia, Europe and Middle East
  • IMARC in Melbourne joins the ‘Grand Slam’ of global mining conferences

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan visited Australian Turntable Company (ATC) in Kangaroo Flat today to highlight the significant contribution the manufacturing and mining industries make to the region.

Mr Ryan also used his visit to promote the upcoming the 2014 International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) to be held in Melbourne.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by Liberal candidate for Bendigo West Michael Langdon, said ATC was a strong example of mining investment flowing through to regional communities such as Bendigo.

“From humble beginnings in 1987, ATC has grown to become one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of turntables and revolving floors,” Mr Ryan said.

“This includes commercial truck turntables for loading docks and construction sites, residential vehicle driveway turntables, revolving restaurants and showroom display turntables.

“ATC exports to the Middle East, Asia and Europe, with its most notable achievement being the manufacture and installation of the world’s largest revolving restaurant at Milad Tower in Tehran, Iran.

“More recently ATC has begun servicing the mining industry, delivering a second 100 ton capacity turntable to Rio Tinto earlier this year.

“ATC will continue to develop new ways to service the mining industry through the use of turntables, ensuring the company has a bright future here in Bendigo.”

Mr Langdon said Bendigo was home to many other leading mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies.

“The manufacturing and mining industries are the largest economic contributor to Bendigo’s economy, with an annual economic output of $2.8 billion,” Mr Langdon said.

“It employs more than 1,000 people locally with many national and international companies based here including Bendigo Engineering, Deepcore Drilling, Gordon Brothers Industries, Hofmann Engineering, Keech Australia, Mancala Mine, Quarry and Mining Engineering, UME Australia, Universal Manufacturing Australia and many others.”

Mr Ryan encouraged local METS companies to register for IMARC, which he said was among the ‘Grand Slam’ of global mining conferences.

Mr Ryan said the first IMARC would be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 22-26 September and had secured almost 200 speakers and more than 1,000 delegates from across the local and global mining and resources sector.

“IMARC sits alongside the world’s other major mining conferences including PDAC in Canada, Expomin in Chile, Mining INDABA in South Africa and China Mining,” Mr Ryan said

“I strongly encourage Victorian companies that are directly involved in mining, are current suppliers to the mining industry, or those interested in becoming mining suppliers, to attend this high profile international event.

“IMARC will provide an ideal platform for Victorian businesses to gain new market exposure and develop new relationships in the mining sector.

“For local companies like Australian Turntable Company, it will help them raise their profile and attract new investment.”

Mr Ryan announced today that the Victorian Coalition Government was offering Victorian companies a special deal to attend IMARC, with free entry to the exhibition hall and a discounted rate of $495 for a full day conference pass to the Technical Stream.

Mr Ryan said local companies could find out more by visiting www.imarcmelbourne.com.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Huntly turns on the natural gas

* * - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier celebrates completion of works to connect Huntly to natural gas
  •  580 Huntly households and businesses can now access piped natural gas
  • Victorian Coalition Government delivering its promise to connect more regional communities to natural gas

Huntly today became the first town to be connected to Victoria’s natural gas network under the Victorian Coalition Government’s $100 million Energy for the Regions Program.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan, who was joined by the Liberal candidate for Bendigo East Greg Bickley, visited Jan and Dale Johnson’s home in Huntly to celebrate the historic connection.

 Mr Ryan said Jan and Dale’s home was one of more than 180 to have been connected to natural gas as part of a $4.5 million joint investment by the Coalition Government and AusNet Services, with more than 100 additional homes expected to be connected soon.

"I am proud that the Coalition Government’s decision to connect Huntly to natural gas is already making a difference to the lives of locals such as Jan and Dale," Mr Ryan said.

"Jan and Dale and many other Huntly residents now have access to a dependable energy source that is cheaper for them and better for the environment.

"This investment means Huntly is no longer the poor cousin to Bendigo when it comes to natural gas, enabling the community to compete for new residents, new industry and new investment."

Mr Bickley welcomed the $4.5 million investment, which included $2.58 million from the Coalition Government, and said it would provide 580 homes and businesses in Huntly with the opportunity to connect to natural gas.

Mr Bickley said the roll-out involved the installation of 3.5kms of supply pipeline and more than 13kms of reticulation pipeline, which was delivered on time and on budget with minimal disruption to the local community.

Mr Bickley said the investment opened the door for gas to be connected to the new 'Viewpoint Huntly' estate on Sawmill Road, with a separate agreement having been reached to supply and connect 350 additional homes to natural gas, over and above the 580 connections in Huntly.

“This additional extension, which would not have occurred without the Coalition Government’s initial investment, is a great outcome for the community and for those looking to invest at the new 'Viewpoint Huntly' estate,” Mr Bickley said.

Mr Ryan said Labor’s regional spokesperson Jacinta Allan would be eating her words today after describing the Energy for The Regions Program as a ‘monstrous hoax’.

“I am here today in Huntly to say that the only monstrous hoax is Jacinta Allan’s pitiful and misinformed scare campaign,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government has done in three years what Labor couldn’t do in its 11 years in office and that is deliver piped natural gas to the people of Huntly.”

Mr Ryan said while Ms Allan had been spreading uncertainty in an attempt to scare off business and investment in regional Victoria, the Coalition Government had reached agreements to supply gas to Huntly, Avoca, Bannockburn, Winchelsea, Wandong-Heathcote Junction, Koo Wee Rup, Mildura and Warburton.

“We are finalising negotiations for an $85 million tender to supply the remaining priority towns and communities along the Murray River with compressed or liquefied natural gas,” Mr Ryan said.

“We are delivering on our commitment to roll out natural gas, which is a cheaper and cleaner source of energy that will lower household costs.

“It is about time Jacinta Allan and Labor admitted they were wrong and apologised to regional Victorians for their baseless scaremongering.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

 

Upgraded Bairnsdale Aerodrome provides vital transport link for East Gippsland

* * - Friday, August 22, 2014

 

  • Bairnsdale Aerodrome officially reopens after a $1.8 million upgrade
  • Project improves important transport link for East Gippsland
  • Regional Growth Fund delivers $1.6 million for the project

A $1.8 million upgrade to the Bairnsdale Aerodrome that has improved access and safety for businesses and emergency services has been opened by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan.

Mr Ryan was joined by the Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull to officially open the upgraded facility which received funding of $1.6 million from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“Bairnsdale Aerodrome’s facilities support a number of commercial aviation enterprises including corporate charter and aircraft fleet maintenance,” Mr Ryan said.

“The aerodrome is an important asset to local companies such as Patties Foods, which flies staff to and from Melbourne when required.

“The facility is used daily for the transportation of bank documents and is also used for the transfer of paperwork to the courts.

“The aerodrome is a key transport link to the remotest corner of the region and as such is particularly important for emergency services.

“It is used by the fixed wing air-ambulance services and by volunteer patient transport service Angel Flight.

“The Bairnsdale Regional Health Service regularly flies allied health staff from the aerodrome to remote far East Gippsland to provide outreach services for patients.

“The Department of Primary Industries uses this facility to transport fire-fighting staff to and from their nearby airstrip,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Bull said that the Bairnsdale Aerodrome Upgrade project was overseen by the East Gippsland Shire.

“I am advised by the council that the project involved the development of the commercial and private hangar precinct, that rehabilitation works were carried out on the north and east taxiway, and that lighting has been upgraded,” Mr Bull said.

“A new 10,000 litre fuelling facility made up of 5,000 litres of AVGAS and 5000 litres of jet fuel has been installed during the upgrade.”

Mr Bull said upgrading the aerodrome has helped address the current and future needs of stakeholders and will attract more commercial and private companies to the site.

Mr Bull said funding for the Bairnsdale Aerodrome upgrade had been managed under the Regional Growth Fund since 2011.

“This project is an example of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to invest in community-led initiatives, while strategically driving jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Bull said.

“The Regional Growth Fund has delivered almost $430 million, generating over $1.7 billion in total investment across 1,500 projects.”

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

Victorian Coalition Government welcomes SPC investment

* * - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government welcomes decision by SPC parent Coca-Cola
    Amatil
  • $100 million co-investment with Coalition Government saves around 2700 jobs
  • Coalition Government building a better Victoria

The Victorian Coalition Government today welcomed the decision by SPC parent company Coca-Cola Amatil to go ahead with its investment of $78 million in Shepparton.

With the Victorian Coalition Government’s investment of $22 million from existing business programs, the project represents a $100 million investment in Shepparton.

The decision had been in doubt following a local council vote against closing a road which bisects the SPC site in Shepparton, forcing the company to reconsider and eventually return with an adjusted plan.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan said the decision was great for Shepparton and great for Victoria.

“We welcome news the board at CCA has shown great faith in Shepparton, in Victorian farm produce and in Victorian food manufacturing,” Mr Ryan said.

“The investment secures more than 500 direct jobs in Shepparton and as many as 2700 flowon jobs for the region, as well as supporting the farmers who supply SPC.

“Victoria’s Goulburn Valley produces some of the cleanest, greenest fresh produce in the world, grown to the strictest environmental standards.

“With CCA and SPC on board, that Goulburn Valley produce can be exported to Asia and the world in a modern, ready to eat format.

“Despite multiple setbacks, SPC has worked with the Coalition Government and we’re proud to have delivered this great outcome for Shepparton and Victoria.”

Latrobe Valley Bus Lines expansion to create jobs

* * - Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $50,000 in Latrobe Valley Bus Lines expansion
  • Latrobe Valley Bus Lines to open a new $1.2 million workshop in Traralgon
  • Project will create five new jobs and secure the existing workforce

The Victorian Coalition Government is providing $50,000 from its Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund to help Latrobe Valley Bus Lines undertake a $1.2 million expansion of its operations.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan, said the project would help Latrobe Valley Bus Lines secure and grow its business.

Mr Ryan said the expansion would enable the company to better manage the servicing and repair of its fleet of buses.

“Latrobe Valley Bus Lines will open a new workshop in Traralgon and will continue to operate the Morwell facility as a depot. Both the Latrobe Valley sites are integral to the long term operation of the business,” Mr Ryan said.

“The new workshop will offer servicing and repairs to other heavy vehicles owners and operators in Gippsland – meaning the work can now be done locally rather than being sent to Melbourne.

“A locally based heavy vehicle servicing and repairs workshop means less vehicle downtime for operators, which is a major consideration in service and maintenance regimes.”

Minister for Small Business and Member for Morwell Russell Northe said that five new jobs will be created by the expansion, while securing the future of the existing workforce.

“LV Bus Lines is a significant employer and already has about 119 staff including drivers, administration, operational staff and trades people,” Mr Northe said.

Mr Northe said the $15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund would invest $50,000, with the balance of the project to be provided by Latrobe Valley Bus Lines.

“This project is further proof of the success of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund,” Mr Northe said.

“We have now invested more than $10 million from the fund to support 30 job creating projects across the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland.

“We have created a further 500 new full time jobs on the back of this investment and leveraged more than $43 million in total investment.

“The Nationals are committed to supporting the Latrobe Valley because we know that when the Latrobe Valley prospers Victoria prospers.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Victorian Coalition Government invests $50,000 in Latrobe Valley Bus Lines expansion
Latrobe Valley Bus Lines to open a new $1.2 million workshop in Traralgon
Project will create five new jobs and secure the existing workforce

The Victorian Coalition Government is providing $50,000 from its Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund to help Latrobe Valley Bus Lines undertake a $1.2 million expansion of its operations.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan, said the project would help Latrobe Valley Bus Lines secure and grow its business.

Mr Ryan said the expansion would enable the company to better manage the servicing and repair of its fleet of buses.

“Latrobe Valley Bus Lines will open a new workshop in Traralgon and will continue to operate the Morwell facility as a depot. Both the Latrobe Valley sites are integral to the long term operation of the business,” Mr Ryan said.

“The new workshop will offer servicing and repairs to other heavy vehicles owners and operators in Gippsland – meaning the work can now be done locally rather than being sent to Melbourne.

“A locally based heavy vehicle servicing and repairs workshop means less vehicle downtime for operators, which is a major consideration in service and maintenance regimes.”

Minister for Small Business and Member for Morwell Russell Northe said that five new jobs will be created by the expansion, while securing the future of the existing workforce.

“LV Bus Lines is a significant employer and already has about 119 staff including drivers, administration, operational staff and trades people,” Mr Northe said.

Mr Northe said the $15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund would invest $50,000, with the balance of the project to be provided by Latrobe Valley Bus Lines.

“This project is further proof of the success of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund,” Mr Northe said.

“We have now invested more than $10 million from the fund to support 30 job creating projects across the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland.

“We have created a further 500 new full time jobs on the back of this investment and leveraged more than $43 million in total investment.

“The Nationals are committed to supporting the Latrobe Valley because we know that when the Latrobe Valley prospers Victoria prospers.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Latrobe Regional Airport redevelopment takes flight

* * - Friday, August 15, 2014

 

  • $2 million redevelopment of Latrobe Regional Airport opens
  • Project will secure major tenant GippsAero’s future at the airport
  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $1.5 million from the Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund

A $2 million redevelopment of Latrobe Regional Airport that has created 70 jobs and cemented its growing reputation as an aerospace industry centre was officially opened today by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan.

Joined today by the Member for Morwell Russell Northe, Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was proud to invest $1.5 million in the Growing Aerospace Manufacturing at Latrobe Airport project through the Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund.

Mr Ryan said the project included building a new development hangar for GippsAero, building and upgrading aprons, taxiways and run-up bays, re-sheeting the gravel runway and refurbishing gravel taxiways, a new concrete helipad, security fencing and car parking.

“The project has also secured major tenant GippsAero’s future at the airport, which is one of the region’s key economic and community facilities and home to a range of businesses that employ a total of 230 people,” Mr Ryan said.

“GippsAero is the only company in Australia with the capability to design and manufacture commercial aircraft from first principles and the project has enabled it to treble its production capability from 11 aircraft 18 months ago to a planned 33 this financial year and to boost its workforce to 180 staff.”

Mr Northe said the project would provide greater capacity to handle the anticipated growth in aircraft traffic from increased production at GippsAero and other industries attracted to the airport.

“The project will assist emergency services operations at the airport, which is home to the Helimed 1 air ambulance and rescue helicopter, DEPI aerial fire-fighting aircraft and branches of the CFA and SES,” Mr Northe said.

Mr Northe said the $15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund had invested $1.5 million in the $2 million project, with Latrobe City Council providing the balance.

“The Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund is helping Latrobe Valley companies reposition themselves for sustainable long-term growth,” Mr Northe said.

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

Deputy Premier inspects Bright foreshore

* * - Thursday, August 14, 2014
 
  • Deputy Premier inspects progress of the Bright Foreshore redevelopment
  • Announces $150,000 for $200,000 planning strategy in Alpine Shire
  • Victorian Coalition Government supporting regional tourism towns

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan yesterday inspected progress of the $525,000 Bright Foreshore Redevelopment Project.

During his visit, Mr Ryan also announced Victorian Coalition Government funding for the Alpine Better Places project.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by The Nationals Member for Benalla Bill Sykes and The Nationals Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy, said the foreshore redevelopment was made possible by a $300,000 investment from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“This important local project is revitalising the Centenary Park precinct,” Mr Ryan said.

“I am glad to see that work is progressing and remains on track to be completed before the busy summer tourist period.

“Centenary Park is one of the most visited sites in Bright, with this project set to transform the foreshore area, further enhancing this already wonderful community asset.”

Mr Ryan said the project involved:

landscaping and additional shade; redevelopment of the splash park; installation of new lighting; and new path connections into the CBD and river trails.

Dr Sykes said he was pleased with the progress being made at the site.

“This project will create a point of difference for Bright, enhancing tourist visitations and increasing their length of stay,” Dr Sykes said.

“The new path connections into the CBD will also draw more visitors into the main shopping areas of town, providing a boost for local traders.”

Mr Ryan also announced yesterday that the Coalition Government would invest $150,000 from the Regional Growth Fund to enable the Alpine Shire Council develop a new planning and engagement strategy for Bright, Porepunkah and Myrtleford.

Mr Ryan said the $200,000 Alpine Better Places planning and engagement strategy would outline plans for the renewal of key public spaces in the three townships.

“All three communities are tourist hotspots, with natural features that include the Ovens River in Bright and Porepunkah, and Happy Valley Creek in Myrtleford,” Mr Ryan said.

“The focus of the project will be to plan for public infrastructure upgrades, enhancing each township’s ‘sense of place’ and encouraging new investment and population retention.”

Mr McCurdy, whose existing seat of Murray Valley will be renamed Ovens Valley and include Bright following the 2014 Victorian Election, welcomed the investment and said it was important the Victorian Coalition Government continued to invest in these communities.

“We all know that these areas are popular visitor destinations and wonderful places to live, however this hasn’t happened overnight,” Mr McCurdy said.

“These communities have grown their population and tourism base through hard work over many long years and this work needs to continue if they are to remain strong.

“I am proud to say that The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, are right behind the community as they continue to develop this magnificent part of Victoria.”

The Alpine Better Places planning and engagement strategy project will be complete by the end of 2015.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Growth Fund upgrades Myrtleford Memorial Square

* * - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

 

  • Coalition Government invests $30,000 to upgrade Myrtleford Memorial Square
  • Works to include new paving, seating, lighting as well as landscaping works
  • Upgrade will complement a new bronze statue commissioned by the RSL

Myrtleford’s Memorial Square will receive a $40,000 makeover to complement the recently confirmed bronze statue of Victoria Cross winner Albert “Alby” Lowerson, which is to be erected in the historic square ahead of the Anzac Centenary in April 2015.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals Members for Benalla and Murray Valley, Bill Sykes and Tim McCurdy, to announce the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $30,000 from the Regional Growth Fund in the upgrade of Myrtleford Memorial Square.

Mr Ryan said the project would include installation of new paving, seating and lighting as well as landscaping works.

“Myrtleford’s Memorial Square is a key focal point for the local community and home to the township’s historic cenotaph,” Mr Ryan said.

“Being located on the popular Great Alpine Road and adjacent to the retail precinct, Memorial Square provides a focal point for the community and a place where those travelling through can stop for a rest and to pay their respects to all those who have served this great country.

“The Alpine Shire Council has been working closely with the Myrtleford RSL over the past 18 months to secure funding to install a bronze statue of Alby Lowerson at the Memorial Square.

“With the funding for the statue now secure, it is vitally important that Memorial Square is looking its best.

“I am proud to be here today alongside Bill Sykes and Tim McCurdy to announce that The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, will invest $30,000 to enable these important works to be undertaken, ensuring Alby Lowerson’s legacy is honoured in the best way possible.”

Member for Benalla Bill Sykes welcomed the investment and said the important upgrades to Memorial Square were a fitting tribute to the life of Albert Lowerson.

“Alby Lowerson, who was born at Myrtleford, enlisted in July 1915 and served in the 21st Australian Infantry Battalion,” Dr Sykes said.

“He was cited for his ‘conspicuous bravery and tactical skill’ at Mont St Quentin.  His courageous actions included bombing a German strongpoint which was holding up the attack.

“With just a small team of brave men at his side, he inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and captured 12 machine-guns and 30 prisoners.

“He refused to leave his position, despite being badly wounded, until the prisoners had been sent to the rear and the post consolidated.

“Alby Lowerson served Australia again during the Second World War before returning to live out his days in his beloved Myrtleford.

“I am proud to be part of a strong Coalition Government which is securing Alby Lowerson’s legacy through this important local investment.”

Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy, whose seat of Murray Valley will be renamed Ovens Valley and include Myrtleford after this year’s Victorian Election, said the Coalition Government’s support for this project was a ‘no-brainer’.

“It is vitally important that we honour those among us, both past and present, who bravely served King and country during the First and Second World Wars,” Mr McCurdy said.

“It is an honour to be here today alongside the Deputy Premier and Bill Sykes to announce this important funding that will ensure Alby Lowerson’s legacy is celebrated.”

Mr McCurdy said the square upgrade would be completed by December, with the bronze statue be completed in early 2015 ahead of the Anzac Centenary in April.

 Media contact: Ben Bulmer  0437 547 731

Regional Victoria Living Expo teams with First National Real Estate

* * - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

 

  • First National Real Estate to sponsor the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo
  • Deputy Premier confirms dates for 2015 event
  • Expo encourages Melburnians to make the ‘Good Move’ to regional and rural Victoria

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today that the Victorian Coalition Government had secured First National Real Estate as the major sponsor of the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo.

Mr Ryan, who was in Wangaratta and the North East today for multiple Regional Growth Fund announcements, also confirmed the dates of the 2015 Expo, to be held over three days from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 May at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Mr Ryan said First National Real Estate’s ongoing support was further proof of the success of the Coalition Government’s Regional Victoria Living Expo, which continues to grow from strength to strength.

“First National Real Estate were a founding sponsor of the Regional Victoria Living Expo, which was first held in 2012, and I am pleased to see they are back again in 2015,” Mr Ryan said.

“I want to congratulate First National Real Estate for its ongoing commitment to the Expo and thank them for the fantastic support they have provided at each of the past three Expos.”

Mr Ryan said the fourth Regional Victoria Living Expo would build on the success of this year’s event, which attracted almost 10,000 visitors to learn more about career, housing, health and lifestyle opportunities available in regional and rural Victoria.

“Melburnians who attended this year’s Expo were either those looking to make the ‘Good Move’ to regional Victoria, whether that be a tree change or a sea change, or those simply wanting to learn more about what’s on offer in our many and varied regions,” Mr Ryan said.

“Visitors had access to 147 exhibitions including the state’s 48 regional and rural councils, prominent regional businesses, community and sports organisations and representatives from various Victorian Government agencies.

“The success of this year’s Expo has been built upon by many of our regional and rural councils who have since hosted open days, with individuals, couples and families spending a day or a weekend learning more about these communities.

“Councils to have hosted open days include Yarriambiack, Murrindindi, East Gippsland, Pyrenees, Benalla, Southern Grampians, Benalla, Swan Hill and Corangamite, providing Melburnians with the chance to meet locals and learn about the magnificent property, businesses and lifestyle opportunities available in these communities.”

Mr Ryan also encouraged regional and rural businesses and community groups to get involved in the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo.

“Regional businesses and community groups have plenty to gain by participating in the Expo which has become a valuable marketing tool to attract new residents to regional and rural communities,” Mr Ryan said.

“Councils, businesses and community groups can also use the Expo to attract specific professions, occupations, or businesses to their area, or to promote tourism in their region.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was committed to growing regional and rural Victoria, and the Regional Victoria Living Expo was an example of that commitment.

“The Nationals, as part of a strong Coalition Government team, understand that when the regions prosper the whole state prospers,” Mr Ryan said.

“We will continue to support regional and rural Victoria through initiatives such as the Regional Victoria Living Expo, our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, or through our other job creating, community building initiatives.”

Mr Ryan said more information on the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo was available online at www.regionalliving.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Growth Fund invests in Wangaratta CBD master plan

* * - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government invest $150,000 to develop Wangaratta CBD Master Plan
  • Master Plan will drive the growth of the CBD
  • Coalition Government helping to build a better Wangaratta

A comprehensive master plan for the growth of Wangaratta’s central business district (CBD) will be developed with the support of $150,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy in Wangaratta today to announce the Coalition Government’s investment in the Wangaratta CBD master plan.

Mr Ryan said the $225,000 master plan would look at ways to grow the CBD, ensuring Wangaratta continues to be a leading economic, social and cultural hub in the North East.

“The master plan will focus on maximising existing assets and facilities, developing Wangaratta’s economic strengths, and capitalising on the town’s unique landscape and heritage in order to grow the CBD,” Mr Ryan said.

“The feasibility of a number of key projects will be looked at as part of the master plan, enabling a number of key local projects to be further refined, scoped and developed.

“These projects include developing the CBD laneway network, improving the retail and commercial precinct and enhancing linkages between the CBD and riverside precinct.

“These projects have the potential to boost jobs, attract new forms of investment and grow tourism in Wangaratta.

“The Nationals, working as part of Coalition Government, are committed to growing regional communities, and by funding projects such as this, we are saying to communities such as Wangaratta that we stand next to you and support you as you grow.”

Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy welcomed the investment and said the master plan would map out a clear path for the growth of Wangaratta’s CBD.

“Wangaratta is a wonderful place to live and work, or for those from outside the region, it is the perfect place for a weekend getaway or an extended holiday,” Mr McCurdy said.

“However, there is always things that we could be doing better and I applaud the council for seeking the assistance of the Coalition Government to map out a clear plan for the growth of the Wangaratta CBD.

“If we get this right, we have the potential to grow jobs, encourage new forms of investment and make Wangaratta an even better place to live and work, an even stronger economic hub and an even more popular tourist destination.”

Mr McCurdy thanked the Rural City of Wangaratta for its $75,000 contribution to the master plan, which is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

During his visit to Wangaratta, Mr Ryan also inspected the $3.2 million Ovens Riverside project, completed thanks to a $715,000 investment from the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Ryan said he was impressed with how the project had turned out and praised the community for its dedication in seeing the project through.

“The riverside promenade and boardwalk has dramatically improved the look and feel of the riverside precinct,” Mr Ryan said.

“The entire Wangaratta community can take much pride in this development, which is the envy of many other communities across regional and rural Victoria.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731


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