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Record attendance at Regional Victoria Living Expo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gippsland produce takes a major step forward

* * - Friday, April 04, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The $35.4 million Food to Asia Action Plan will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 

Two local show societies receive funding

* * - Thursday, April 03, 2014

  • Almost $3,000 to update Foster show jumping equipment
  • $8,543 to upgrade power, purchase urn and install speed humps at Korumburra Show
  • Gippsland show societies encouraged to apply for next round

The Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government is providing two South Gippsland show societies with funding to upgrade equipment, improve safety and continue their valuable contribution to the community.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said Foster and District Agricultural Society would receive $2,734 to purchase a set of show jumping safety cups and Korumburra Agricultural and Pastoral Society would receive $8,543 to upgrade power, purchase an urn and install two speed humps.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was committed to supporting agricultural and pastoral show societies in the great work they do for their communities as well as showcasing the region’s agriculture industries to locals and visitors.

“Show societies play a vital role in rural and regional communities, by not only boosting local economies but providing a place for the community to come together each year and so we are pleased to provide some assistance,” Mr Ryan said.

“More than $265,000 is being provided to 45 show societies across Victoria this year through the Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants Program, which provides grants of up to $10,000 for improving facilities that promote agriculture and arts and crafts,” Mr Ryan said.

“Societies can also apply for up to $8000 to install or upgrade showground amenities and up to $5000 for business activities such as workshops, planning and surveys.

“I would encourage all local show societies in need of upgrades to consider applying for a grant under the next round of funding.”

Foster Show Society president Noel Afflitto said he was thrilled that the grant would allow the committee to purchase their own set of show jumping cups that would improve safety for riders and horses.

“Up until now, we’ve been borrowing the cups from local pony clubs to use at our show each year, which is difficult as they often require them at the same time,” Mr Afflitto said.

“Having a strong horse presence at our show is integral and it’s important that we provide riders with the best equipment that we can.

“Now that we will have our own set of safety cups, we will be able to loan them out to other smaller organisations to assist them with their events.”

Korumburra Agricultural and Pastoral Society’s Syd White said all show patrons and competitors would benefit from the $8,543 grant.

“The installation of speed humps will prevent the road that runs through the showgrounds from being used as a thoroughfare, which will improve safety for those walking around that area at show time,” Mr White said.

“The power upgrades will take place in the cattle area and the funding will also allow for lighting to be installed, which will be handy for those setting up of a night or early morning.”

Mr White said the hot water urn would also be made available to others who used the Korumburra Showgrounds throughout the year, including the pony club and dairy expo.

Mr Ryan said the show grants were conditional on show societies providing $1 for every $2 contributed by the Victorian Government.

For more information on the Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants program, visit: www.depi.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding 

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 


Thompsons Base Business Park creates hundreds of new jobs

* * - Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Thompsons Base Business Park opens – up to 800 jobs to be created 
  • Cranbourne West employment precinct to create up to 16,500 jobs for Victorians 
  • Victorian Coalition Government is boosting jobs in our growth areas 

MAB’s new Thompsons Base Business Park in Cranbourne West will create up to 800 local jobs and kick start industrial development in the Cranbourne West employment precinct.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan was in Cranbourne West today to open the new business park, which will provide ongoing local employment opportunities for residents in the Casey-Cardinia growth area.

“The Thompsons Base Business Park will boost the Cranbourne West economy and provide a place for local investors to set up new small businesses,” Mr Ryan said.

“The new industrial estate has been welcomed by businesses wanting to set-up in the area, with MAB having already sold 19 lots worth more than $7 million."

Mr Ryan said MAB’s Thompsons Base Business Park was 19 hectares in size and formed part of the broader 450 hectare Cranbourne West employment area.

“This area has been planned to host a variety of industrial and commercial activities that will provide local work opportunities for local residents, reducing the need for locals to travel outside the region for work,” Mr Ryan said.

“Once it is up and running, the Cranbourne West precinct is forecast to create between 10,500 to 16,500 new jobs.

“The Victorian Coalition Government, through the Office of State Development, has been instrumental in ensuring that planning for the Cranbourne West area includes local employment opportunities, and has a long-standing relationship with MAB supporting its new industrial and commercial estates.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government recognised the importance of setting aside and protecting large tracts of employment land in growth areas.

“In June 2012, the Coalition Government released extensive growth corridor plans that will ensure future industrial and commercial investment can be facilitated, creating new local job opportunities,” Mr Ryan said.

“These plans ensure those who live or plan to live in Melbourne’s southeast growth areas, have the opportunity to work close to home, which is good for families and good for local communities.”

MAB Chief Operating Officer David Hall said the launch of Thompsons Base heralds the next generation of business communities and will service the City of Casey, which has been consistently part of the top 10 growth councils in Australia.

“This is our first foray into the southeast. We know people don’t want to spend three hours in their cars every day travelling to and from the CBD. Thompsons Base brings work closer to home, replacing travel time with time for family and friends,” Mr Hall said.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government had a strong and ongoing relationship with MAB and was excited by its investment confidence in Cranbourne West.

“The City of Casey is also encouraged by the employment generating activity that is occurring here in Cranbourne West and has appreciated the support the Coalition Government has given to this project,” Mr Ryan said.

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

Regional Growth Fund supports Gippsland Food Plan

* * - Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Deputy Premier unveils Gippsland Food Plan at Farm Wold 2014 
  • Plan supports region to capitalise on growing international demand for food 
  • Victorian Coalition Government is investing in local communities to ensure a bright future 

The Gippsland Food Plan, which sets up the region to capitalise on growing international demand for high quality food, was launched today at Farm World 2014 by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan.

Mr Ryan, who was at Lardner Park to open Farm World 2014 alongside Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood, said the Gippsland Food plan would guide the future growth of the local food industry.

“Now in its 52nd year, Farm World is Victoria’s largest regional agricultural event and includes over 650 exhibitors and attracts over 50,000 visitors from right across Australia,” Mr Ryan said.

“This fantastic event not only gives exhibitors the opportunity to launch new industry products and generate sales, but also creates industry networking opportunities.

“It is the ideal venue to launch the Gippsland Food Plan.”

Mr Ryan said the Gippsland Food Plan identified four key priorities for the future growth of Gippsland’s food industries including: 

  • promoting growth and attracting investment; 
  • enabling infrastructure; 
  • innovation and adapting to change; and 
  • advocacy and policy development. 
“The Plan will enable local food industries to increase their contribution to the economy, whether it’s on-farm production, manufacturing and processing, or value adding,” Mr Ryan said.

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

Mr Blackwood said the Gippsland Food Plan was a call to action from a region which is well positioned to take advantage of the ever increasing international demand for food.

"By 2030, the number of consumers in Asia who have access to discretionary spending will grow to 3.5 billion people, six times what it is today,” Mr Blackwood said.

“This ever growing Asian middle class will be looking for high quality and premium food products, driving up demand for Gippsland food. This comprehensive plan will position our region to fully capitalise on these limitless opportunities.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government had proudly invested $250,000 to develop the Gippsland Food Plan.

“Our $250,000 investment has been provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is investing in regional and rural communities to create new jobs, investment and innovation,” Mr Ryan said.

“Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $394 million to support almost 1,400 projects across regional and rural Victoria, leveraging $1.57 billion in total investment.

“In Gippsland, it has invested $67 million to support almost 300 projects, leveraging in excess of $200 million worth of investment.

“The Gippsland Food Plan is another example of the Regional Growth Fund investing in and supporting regional and rural communities to ensure they are positioned to fully capitalise on future opportunities for growth.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Growth Fund support to complete Morwell Town Common redevelopment

* * - Friday, March 21, 2014
  • New pathways, play area, seating, BBQ, landscaping and carparking for Morwell Town Common
    • Victorian Coalition Government contributes $250,000 
  • Coalition Government building better public spaces for local communities

A new play area, pathways, seating, barbeque and picnic tables will be installed at the Morwell Town Common as part of a $375,000 redevelopment project, which is receiving support from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Speaking at the project site today alongside Member for Morwell Russell Northe, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan announced the Coalition Government would invest $250,000 to complete the project.

“As well as the new park infrastructure, extensive landscaping will also be carried out including re-vegetation, development of new sensory features and planting of shade trees in existing playgrounds,” Mr Ryan said.

“The funding will also be used to complete construction of the western car park, off Chapel Street, further increasing accessibility to this much loved facility.”

Mr Northe said he was extremely proud that The Nationals, as part of Coalition Government, were able to deliver this important community project.

“For almost a decade local organisations, including Advance Morwell and the Rotary Club of Morwell, have called for improvements to the Morwell Town Common and for years the former Labor Government failed to fund it,” Mr Northe said.

“The Coalition Government, through our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, is delivering for Morwell and Latrobe Valley families and businesses.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund we have so far invested more than $16 million to support over 50 projects across the Latrobe Valley, leveraging almost $50 million in total investment.

“This includes the $15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund, which has so far invested around $10 million and created almost 400 new jobs.”

Mr North said the Morwell Town Common project would be managed by funding partner Latrobe City Council, which contributed $125,000.

He said works would be carried out between school holidays to ensure minimal disruption to park users, with the project scheduled to be completed by June 2015.

Mr Ryan said the project was another example of the Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund working in partnership with local government to invest in important local infrastructure projects.

“The Regional Growth Fund is creating new jobs and delivering much needed infrastructure in regional communities by investing in projects that may otherwise not have come to fruition,” Mr Ryan said.

“Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $394 million to support almost 1,400 projects across regional and rural Victoria, leveraging $1.57 billion in total investment.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Big opportunities for small communities on agenda

* * - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • More than 200 leaders from local government, community and business set to attend Rural Summit 2014 at Nhill 
  • Saul Eslake is the keynote speaker on Rural economies – a global perspective. 
  • Victorian Coalition Government building stronger rural communities

More than 200 leaders from across local government, community and business will visit Nhill later this month to explore new opportunities to grow Victoria’s rural communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the Rural Summit, an initiative of Rural Councils Victoria, supports country people to make big differences in their communities.

Mr Ryan said the Rural Summit 2014 would be held at the Nhill Memorial Community Centre on 27 and 28 March, with community and business leaders encouraged to attend.

“This year’s theme is: Small Communities, Big Opportunities – Facing the Future and Embracing Change,” Mr Ryan said.

“Delegates at the Summit will hear from high profile economist and media commentator Saul Eslake, chef Stefano De Pieri and Chairman of the Kaiela Institute Paul Briggs, who will discuss matters such as Aboriginal heritage, economic development and tourism.

“Other topics include corporate farms, the benefits of migrants to rural communities and a showcase of rural councils’ innovative programs.

“These are all important components of making rural Victoria more liveable for the people who already reside there, and also for making it more attractive to those looking to relocate from the city.”

Mr Ryan said the Rural Summit 2014 was supported by the Victorian Coalition Government through its $3.3 million Networked Rural Councils program.

“As the voice for Victoria’s rural councils, Rural Councils Victoria advocates for sustainable, liveable and prosperous rural communities and delivers projects which provide support and solutions on issues faced by the state’s 38 rural councils,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is focused on rural Victoria and we work closely with Rural Councils Victoria on a wide-variety rural issues.

“The Coalition Government assists regional and rural Victoria through initiatives such as the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund that supports stronger and more sustainable regional and rural communities by building their capacity to drive development in the regions.

“Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $394 million to support almost 1,400 projects across regional and rural Victoria, leveraging $1.57 billion in total investment.”

For more information about the Summit and to book your seat go to http://www.ruralcouncilsvictoria.org.au/home/events/rural-summit-2014 or join the Rural Summit conversation on Twitter at #RCVSummit.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731 

Deputy Premier welcomes SPC’s $70 million deal with Woolworths

* * - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

· Deal will see SPC supply ready-to-eat fruit snacks to Woolworths
· SPC now requires extra 24,000 tonnes of Australian produce
· Great news for fruit growers and for jobs in the Goulburn Valley


Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan
today welcomed news of a five year, $70 million deal between SPC and
Woolworths.

Mr Ryan said the deal means SPC will purchase an extra 24,000 tonnes of
Australian fruit, tomatoes and navy beans, requiring the equivalent of an
extra 86,000 fruit trees in the Goulburn Valley and tripling the amount of
tomato SPC supplies to Woolworths.

He said SPC would supply ready-to-eat fruit snacks to the supermarket.

“I congratulate SPC on securing this tremendous deal and I congratulate
Woolworths on showing faith in Australian produce,” Mr Ryan said.

“I also congratulate Australian consumers on showing faith in Australian
produce.

“Australian fruit and vegetables are the cleanest and greenest in the
world, grown to strict environmental regulations, and Goulburn Valley
produce is some of the nation’s finest.”

Mr Ryan said the decision showed that SPC and the Goulburn Valley had
bright futures and the Victorian Coalition Government’s decision to
co-invest with SPC had been a winner.

"This is great news for regional manufacturing jobs; harvesting jobs and
for growers, as well as for SPC and for Woolworths.

“The modern packaging and presentation of product which SPC will now
produce in partnership with Woolworths is the dawn of a new era for the
company,” Mr Ryan said.

“This sort of thinking will ensure SPC and Goulburn Valley prosper. New,
modern equipment at SPC is part of the deal with the Victorian Government,
and it has paid dividends.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government's co-investment with SPC was largely
made possible by the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which aimed to
maintain and grow regional jobs.

“Every regional Victorian business has access to the same funding programs
which produced the SPC co-investment, Mr Ryan said.

“Our co-investment had no impact on the budget, being funded from existing
programs, which is a tribute to our business and investment programs – it
shows we have the structure right.

“If we as a government had bowed to ill-conceived calls to fund the removal
of fruit trees just a few short months ago, the growers of the Goulburn
Valley would not be in a position to meet this increased demand for their
product.

“I have great faith in SPC and in the Goulburn Valley, and that faith has
been vindicated.”

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

Deputy Premier addresses Australian Industry Group at Bendigo

* * - Thursday, March 06, 2014

• Deputy Premier addresses Australian Industry Group on regional issues
• AIG represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses employing more than 1 million people
• Victorian Coalition Government and AIG continue support for local regional industry

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan has addressed issues and priorities for regional industry at an Australian Industry Group (AIG) luncheon in Bendigo today.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government and the AIG shared the common goals of supporting productivity, and the competitiveness and sustainability of local industry.

“The AIG represents more than 60,000 businesses employing more than 1 million people Australia-wide, representing members to all three tiers of government,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government and AIG have maintained a strong relationship built on healthy dialogue around skills, trade, investment, regulation and infrastructure.”

Mr Ryan spoke of the strengths of regional Victoria, such as the food and agricultural sector, education, tourism, transport, logistics and manufacturing, which contributes $25.6 billion of the state’s Gross State Product and employs up to 9.3 percent of the state’s workforce.

“A key focus for the Coalition Government is its International Engagement Strategy, where businesses are helped to access new market opportunities including export, with Super Trade Missions to India, China, South East Asia and the Middle East.

“Since the Coalition Government came to office in November 2010, we have organised more than 65 overseas trade missions with up to 2000 companies projected to earn around $4 billion in new export sales, over the longer term.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was delivering the infrastructure and services to boost productivity and drive growth in the regions.

“The $1 billion Regional Growth Fund has now spurred $1.553 billion in investments across regional and rural Victoria. In Bendigo alone, the Regional Growth Fund has provided over $13.37 million toward 24 projects totalling over $55 million,” Mr Ryan said.

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

Regional Growth Fund helps Gippsland Body Builders double workforce

* * - Wednesday, March 05, 2014


• Regional Growth Fund invests $150,000 to double workforce of local manufacturing business
• Expansion creates 10 new skilled manufacturing jobs in Drouin
• Victorian Coalition Government continues to build for the future


Gippsland Body Builders (GBB) will expand and diversify with the help of a $150,000 investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood announced today.

In Drouin representing Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan, Mr Blackwood said the funding would help the company complete a $655,000 expansion, doubling the company’s workforce to 20.

As part of the expansion, GBB will relocate to a new site in Drouin and invest in new manufacturing plant and equipment to boost production and productivity.

“GBB specialises in manufacturing tipping bodies ranging from rigid tippers to road train semi-trailers in steel and aluminium,” Mr Blackwood said.

“The company is renowned for its quality of workmanship and attention to detail to produce some of the most efficient grain carrying B Double trucks in Australia.

“GBB produces transport options with greater payloads, creating productivity benefits for road transport operators.

“Upgrading its business will allow the company to expand and produce trailers for the Australian mining and construction sectors, as well as enter the Queensland, WA and SA agricultural transport equipment markets.”

Mr Blackwood said the project would provide a boost for manufacturing in Gippsland and continue to position the region as a high tech and innovative provider of transport solutions.

“Installing state-of-the-art equipment will boost GBB’s manufacturing capability, creating skilled employment for seven boilermakers, two spray painters and a store person,” Mr Blackwood said.

Mr Ryan said the $655,000 project was being funded through the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, with the balance of funding being provided by Gippsland Body Builders.

“The Regional Growth Fund invests in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria.

“Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $380 million to support over 1350 projects across regional and rural Victoria, leveraging $1.55 billion in total investment.”

For more information about the Regional Growth Fund visit www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-growth-fund 


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