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Play your part in creating a safer Easter

* * - Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gippsland Vehicle Collection celebrates 10 years of motoring in Maffra

* * - Friday, April 04, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870

It’s official! Upgraded Rosedale Outdoor Pool opens

* * - Friday, April 04, 2014

  • Rosedale Outdoor Pool officially opens after a major upgrade 
  • Victorian Coalition Government invest $835,000 for the redevelopment through $1 billion Regional Growth Fund 
  • Regional Growth Fund is building regional and rural infrastructure

The aging Rosedale Outdoor Pool has been transformed into a modern aquatic centre with the support of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan was in Rosedale today to officially open the new Rosedale Outdoor Pool, which was upgraded thanks to a $835,000 Coalition Government investment.

Mr Ryan said upgrades to the Rosedale Outdoor Pool, which were designed in consultation with the local community, included an improved kiosk entry, change rooms, new toilets and toddlers pool with children’s water play feature.

He said the upgrades also delivered new seating and grassed areas, barbecue and shade shelters, plant room, concourse and edge capping to the main pool, as well as a pool hoist, ensuring the pool was accessible to people with a disability.

“This new facility is a credit to the local community,” Mr Ryan said.

“Local pools are the heart of our regional and rural communities during the warm summer months, providing a place for people to relax and socialise, exercise or escape the heat during long hot days.

“They are also the place where many children learn how to swim, and an important part of our school curriculum.

“Having strong local input into the design of this facility will ensure it meets the needs of the community long into the future.”

Mr Ryan thanked the Wellington Shire Council, who managed the redevelopment.

He said the project was another example of the Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund supporting local government to build vital community infrastructure.

“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,” Mr Ryan said.

“This project was funded through a portion of the Regional Growth Fund which has been set aside to assist regional and rural councils deliver their community infrastructure priorities.

“By investing in local government infrastructure priorities, the Coalition Government is helping to put downwards pressure on rates while delivering much needed local projects.

“Overall, the Wellington Shire has received more from the $7 million from Regional Growth Fund to support around 40 projects, leveraging $20 million of total investment.”

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 

Sports facility funding now open to local clubs

* * - Thursday, April 03, 2014

  • Funding to upgrade sporting facilities now open
  • New sporting/community facility funded in the last grant round
  • Interested clubs should contact their local council

Local sporting clubs and associations wanting to upgrade existing infrastructure or build new facilities are urged to contact their local shire to access funding on offer from the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Coalition’s 2015/2016 Community Facility Funding Program (CFFP) was now open to fund a broad range of sport and recreation projects across regional Victoria.

“In the last round of this program, $400,000 was committed for a new community sports pavilion featuring modern change rooms and a multipurpose community space at the Yarram Recreation Reserve,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to providing sporting infrastructure that meets the needs of the community and allows people of all ages to participate in sport and physical activity.

“We’re proud to continue this great initiative so even more regional communities can enjoy the benefits of getting more active more often and build a better Victoria.”

Mr Ryan said the CFFP provided a unique opportunity for councils, local clubs and communities to work together to develop proposals that make a real difference.

He said CFFP funding was available in these six categories: 

  • Better Pools – grants of up to $3 million to build new or upgrade existing aquatic centres; 
  • Major Facilities – grants of up to $650,000 to develop or upgrade major sport and recreation facilities; 
  • Seasonal Pools – grants of up to $200,000 to upgrade seasonal pools in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations; 
  • Minor Facilities – grants of up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade local sport and recreation facilities; 
  • Soccer Facilities – grants totalling $100,000 for up to two projects are available to upgrade existing and construct new facilities; and 
  • Planning – grants of up to $30,000 to fund initiatives that assess the future sport and recreation facility needs of local communities and up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives.

“Only Local Government Authorities are eligible to apply for funding however local clubs and associations are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest Form for Community Organisations to their council to register their interest in obtaining support,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said over the past three years the Coalition Government had invested $58 million into 382 community sports facility projects that had resulted in more than $350 million of new grassroots sporting infrastructure for Victorians.

Proposals for the current round of the CFFP close on Wednesday 16 April 2014.

For more information about the Community Facilities Funding Program please visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Stephanie 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

When you post or share, It’s There For Life

* * - Thursday, March 27, 2014

• Grants of up to $30,000 available to help young people stay safe online
• Young Gippslanders urged to think twice about what they’re posting on social media
• Grant applications need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday 4 April


Gippsland community organisations with programs that educate and encourage young people to be responsible digital citizens are encouraged to take advantage of grants of up to $30,000 on offer from the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government before they close on 4 April.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the grants are about working with young people to ensure that they are careful about what they say and do online.

“The successful recipients of these grants will build on the Coalition Government’s It’s There for Life campaign, which reminds young people to think twice before uploading photos or posting online,” Mr Ryan said.

“With more and more young people reporting that online posts and images posted on Facebook and Twitter have resulted in them missing out on jobs, being bullied or falling foul of the law, the Coalition Government is taking action to help young people safeguard their privacy and protect their reputations.”

An avid user of social media to promote the Coalition Government’s messages and announcements, Mr Ryan said the web has a long memory and once something was online, it could be there for life.

“Social media is a great tool, but it also has potentially damaging impacts. As young people go forward and start a career or enter into relationships their digital reputation can stay with them for life,” Mr Ryan said.

“While I am not saying don’t post comments and images on social media, I urge you to think twice before you do.”

To apply for It’s There For Life grants visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au. Applications close on Friday 4 April, with successful projects to be announced in June.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870  

Labor and Jacinta Allan bag in Bendigo what they barrack for in Burwood

* * - Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Jacinta Allan criticising a policy her party supports
  • Labor tells country voters one thing; city voters another
  • Labor treating country voters with contempt

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan has slammed the Labor Opposition for treating voters with contempt over the Victoria Coalition Government’s new public transport initiative.

The Coalition Government announced yesterday that it would provide free tram travel within the Melbourne CBD and Docklands, meaning country visitors no longer need a Myki to use trams in the CBD and Docklands.

“Labor leader Daniel Andrews backed the Coalition plan in a story in today’s Herald Sun, titled ‘Cheaper travel for outer ‘burbs – Napthine plan wins over ALP’,” Mr Ryan said.

“Mr Andrews was quoted as saying: ‘No matter who wins the election, public transport fares will be cheaper’.

“In other words, ‘me too’ politics.

“Meanwhile, in the Bendigo Advertiser today under the headline ‘Allan slams transport pledge’, the member for Bendigo East attacks the Coalition’s plan for free tram transport within Docklands and the CBD.

“This is deceitful and deceptive conduct by any standards.

“The member for Bendigo East is trying to give the impression to the people of Bendigo that Labor is opposed to this plan, which Labor actually supports. She seems to think country people are not aware of what her leader is saying in the Herald Sun.

“Labor supports this great new public transport initiative when it is speaking to city voters and smashes it when it is speaking in the country – Labor barracks for this initiative in Burwood while bagging it in Bendigo.

“Labor treats country people with contempt. The contempt shown by the member for Bendigo East and Labor to the voters of Bendigo and regional Victoria is not lost on these people. They will remember this,” Mr Ryan said.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

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

Stand together and speak out about bullying

* * - Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Bullying in any circumstance is never acceptable
  • Speaking out about bullying helps to diminish bullying
  • Everyone has the right to feel as though they belong
  • Cyber bullying has become a serious problem

Whether it’s in the classroom, on social media, via text or on the bus travelling to or from school, there is no excuse for bullying in any form.

That was the message Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan offered today when he visited Yarram’s primary school and secondary college.

Mr Ryan’s visit to the schools coincided with National Day against Bullying and Violence and National Harmony Day, which will be recognised by the schools tomorrow, Friday 21 March.

Speaking to year seven and eight students at Yarram Secondary College, Mr Ryan said this year’s National Day against Bullying and Violence theme - Bullying. No Way – highlighted that bullying was never acceptable.

“There are many forms of bullying such as excluding people from joining in, physical violence, saying things that upset the person to their face or online or sharing private or unflattering images and messages,” Mr Ryan said.

“All bullying, including cyber bullying, has a negative impact on the ‘target’ that can lead to serious health and social concerns including low self-esteem, reduced academic outcomes, social disconnect, depression and suicide.

“You cannot always judge the effect of your actions online and often messages are taken in a way that you hadn’t intended and with that are consequences that go well beyond your control.”

Mr Ryan said cyberbullying affected people of all races and girls were just as likely to be cyber bullies as boys.

“Cyberbullying can sometimes be worse than other types of bullying because the bully may be anonymous or meaner than they would be in person and the bullying can come at any time, which often leaves victims feeling unsafe in their own homes,” he said.

“With so many Australian youths saying they’ve been cyber bullied, I encourage students to think about what they are saying and the effect that it may have on other people before hitting the post or send buttons on their Facebook or phone.” 

Mr Ryan urged students to stand together and get tough on bullying by speaking up if they or someone they know is being bullied online or face-to-face.

He said those who bully others often aim to impress or intimidate bystanders and the reaction of bystanders can either support or discourage bullying from happening.

“If bystanders do nothing, this can be seen as a form of silent approval whether it’s in the yard or online, however the actions of a supportive bystander have the power to stop or diminish bullying and help the bullied student to recover from the incident,” Mr Ryan said.

“Everyone at your school, sporting club, youth group or community organisation has a right to participate in the activities they enjoy without feeling threatened or intimidated and I encourage each student to ensure this can happen in Yarram.”

In promoting Harmony Day at Yarram Primary School, Mr Ryan said the event was a day to celebrate the diversity of cultures in Australia while making everyone feel as though they belong.

 “This year’s theme ‘Everyone Belongs’ identifies that we should all show cultural respect to everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world,” Mr Ryan said.

“There are many ways to incorporate cultural inclusion into our day to day lives and it can be as simple as saying good morning and afternoon in a different language each week.”

Mr Ryan said Yarram Primary School students would tomorrow participate in a range of culturally diverse activities specific to their year level.

“To celebrate Harmony Day, I encourage you all to take a moment to think about the people who have come from more than 200 countries that have helped make Australia the great place it is today.”

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


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