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Truss and Ryan announce joint $2 million investment for Longerenong College

* * - Friday, September 26, 2014

 

  • Truss and Ryan announce $2 million for Longerenong College
  • $4.5 million project will upgrade student accommodation facilities
  • Project will encourage more students to live and study on-campus

Longerenong College’s ageing student accommodation will be refurbished thanks to a joint Commonwealth and State government investment, encouraging more students to live and study on-campus.

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss joined Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad and The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy at Longerenong today to announce the $2 million joint investment.

Today’s announcement delivers the final instalment needed to fund the redevelopment of Longerenong College’s student accommodation facilities and follows an earlier commitment of $1.1 million from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Truss said it was an honour to visit the Wimmera to announce the $2 million investment that would help one of the country’s best agricultural colleges improve its facilities.

“Longerenong College is one of Victoria’s leading agricultural education and training facilities and is the only educational facility in the region that offers agricultural training and on-site accommodation,” Mr Truss said.

“The College delivers hands-on training through its 1,070 hectares farm which is complete with cropping, sheep and beef cattle enterprises, and offers students a wide variety of courses such as shearing, truck driving, header operation and farm management among others.

“It has a wide-reaching reputation for producing highly skilled graduates, who are highly sought after to work on-farm or in associated agribusiness.

“While student numbers are at an all-time high, sadly the accommodation facilities, which are up to 70 years old, have fallen into disrepair and as such are only at 50 per cent occupancy.

“This joint investment will ensure the student accommodation facilities match the magnificent training on offer here at Longerenong College, encouraging more students to live and study on-campus.”

Mr Ryan said the project would be a ‘game-changer’ for the College’s students, and would involve:

  • Refurbishing 108 single occupancy student rooms;
  • Refurbishing six single occupancy student rooms to provide disabled access;
  • Refurbishing shared residential facilities (bathrooms, kitchenettes, kitchen, lounge rooms and laundry), pathways and stairwells;
  • Constructing a new three-storey building, adjoining the accommodation, including two new communal study areas and a separate recreational area;
  • Installing reverse-cycle air conditioning and electronic access;
  • Upgrading wireless internet infrastructure; and
  • Replacing the existing hot water service.

“Today’s announcement is great news for students, the community and the agricultural sector more broadly,” Mr Ryan said.

“Most of Longerenong College’s 300 students live more than 100 kilometres away so access to on-site residential facilities and catering is a key factor in them being able to undertake vocational training.

“This investment means the College will be able to attract students back to on-campus living, while providing valuable casual accommodation for visitors to the region during the holiday season.

“Replacing the hot water service will also ensure there are no more cold showers, which I am sure will be warmly welcomed by Longerenong College students.”

Mr Ryan said the joint Federal and State government funding would be provided through the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program - Victoria.

“This program has been designed to strengthen and diversify local economies impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $15 million fund includes $10 million from the Federal Government and $5 million from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

“Today’s investment is a terrific example of how we can use this fund to support local economies and I look forward to returning to the Longerenong College once this project is complete.”

Mr Ryan said the remaining $1.4 million needed to complete the project would be provided by Longerenong College.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Echuca Riverfront (paddle) steams ahead

* * - Friday, September 26, 2014

 

  • Truss and Ryan announce $3.9 million for Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment
  • $4.9 million project will draw more visitors to the region and create new local jobs
  • Commonwealth and Victorian governments building stronger regions

A joint Commonwealth and State investment to complete the second stage of the Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment will create new local jobs and draw more tourists to this iconic part of Victoria.

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss joined Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and The Nationals Member for Rodney Paul Weller in Echuca today to announce that the Commonwealth and State governments would jointly invest $3.9 million to complete the $4.9 million second stage of the Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment.

Mr Truss said he was proud to announce the funding needed to complete the exciting local project.

“Located on the magnificent Murray River, Echuca’s reputation as a visitor destination extends far and wide,” Mr Truss said.

“Echuca attracts more than 250,000 tourists to the region each and every year and the Federal Coalition Government is keen to see that grow.

“This investment will support the great work already undertaken as part of the $15 million stage one redevelopment of the Echuca Riverfront, and once complete the riverfront will draw even more visitors to Echuca and the region for a day, a weekend or longer.”

Mr Ryan said the investment would complete a number of key initiatives at the Port of Echuca including:

  • The establishment of an open space to host community events, festivals, family gatherings and picnics;
  • Linking the riverfront precinct with the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, the Port Precinct, the Hopwood Gardens and Riverboat Dock;
  • Improved vehicle access and parking to improve the visitor experience at Riverboat Dock;
  • The establishment of improved mooring access and boat servicing to ensure current operators are supported and able grow their businesses;
  • Refurbishment of the former kiosk/dressing shed delivering a café with river views; and
  • Improved environmental outcomes including protection of the riverside environment, including the river red gums

Mr Ryan said this investment would create 35 new full-time jobs locally, a further 15 indirect jobs and 14 construction jobs.

“This investment secures Echuca’s place as the key visitor destination along the mighty Murray River,” Mr Ryan said.

“It delivers a win-win for Echuca, with the potential to attract an additional 50,000 visitors to the region a year, while at the same time creating 35 new full-time local jobs here at the Port.

“By encouraging more visitors to the region and creating new local jobs we are supporting the local economy and providing a significant shot-in-the-arm for Echuca and the region.”

Mr Ryan said the joint Federal and State government funding would be provided through the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program - Victoria.

“This program has been designed to strengthen and diversify local economies impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $15 million fund includes $10 million from the Federal Government and $5 million from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

“Today’s investment is a terrific example of how we can use this fund to support local economies and I look forward to returning to the Port of Echuca once this project is complete.”

Mr Ryan said the remaining $1 million needed to complete the project would be provided by the Campaspe Shire Council, with the project to be completed before the end of 2016.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Deputy Premier announces jobs boost for Nathalia

* * - Thursday, September 25, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $1.37 million to deliver 70 new jobs
  • $5.5 million project will boost exports from Ryan Meat Company
  • Benefits of GVIIF begin flowing through to the Goulburn Valley

Seventy new jobs will be created in Nathalia and local lamb exports will be boosted as the benefits of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund begin to flow through to the region.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan today joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr in Nathalia to announce that the Coalition Government would invest $1.37 million to support a $5.5 million expansion of Ryan Meat Company (RMC).

Mr Ryan said this project was the first to be funded through the Coalition Government’s $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund, developed to support the region’s economy through a period of transition, diversification and growth.

Mr Ryan said the investment would enable RMC to double production, from 7,500 head of lamb and mutton per week to 15,000, and more than double its workforce, from 66 full time employees to 136. It would also create a further 77 full-time jobs in the supply chain.

Mr Ryan said the expansion project would deliver a full export-oriented meat processing plant to cut, bone and pack chilled and frozen product, and included:

  • An expansion to the processing floor and installation of a new processing line and equipment;
  • Construction of new carcass chillers;
  • Construction of a new boning/cutting room;
  • Upgrades to the computerised processing system;
  • Expansion of the stockyards;
  • An increase of the company’s water and gas capacity; and
  • Construction of new staff amenities.

“This investment will see RMC double production, double its workforce and double its exports from the region, which is a win for Nathalia, a win for local suppliers and a win for the Goulburn Valley,” Mr Ryan said.

“This project is a terrific example of why we as The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, fought so hard to secure an initial $5 million for the Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund.

“There are many great companies and businesses operating right across the Goulburn Valley, and through this fund we are co-investing to secure their future, create new local jobs and deliver a strong, resilient and diverse local economy.”

Mr Barr welcomed the Coalition Government’s $1.37 million investment, describing it as vital to ensuring RMC continued to meet international demand for locally produced and processed lamb and mutton.

“In March 2013, RMC commenced exporting lamb to the Middle East. This was so successful that production doubled and 20 new jobs were created, however, this growth has meant the current factory is now at maximum capacity,” Mr Barr said.

“By helping RMC to expand, it is no longer limited by size and can resume growing local exports of quality Australian produced lamb and mutton.

“By growing our exports we are creating new local jobs, new local investment and a stronger region.”

Mr Barr said today’s announcement continues the Coalition Government’s strong support for RMC, which included $200,000 to enable the company to build a new offal processing facility following the devastating 2012 floods.

“The Coalition Government rolled up its sleeves to help RMC during the difficult times and that investment is now paying off in spades, with its future not only secure, but flourishing,” Mr Barr said.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Deputy Premier launches Hume Region RAJAC Plan

* * - Thursday, September 25, 2014

 

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals, Peter Ryan officially launched the Hume Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee’s (RAJACs) Plan for 2013-18

Mr Ryan was joined by The Nationals Member for Shepparton, Jeanette Powell and The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Greg Barr at the Shepparton Office of the Department of Justice today.

Mr Ryan said since the first Aboriginal Justice Agreement in 2000 - 2006, and the respective RAJAC Plans, we have seen innovative programs in the areas of crime prevention, family violence and justice-related issues, education and treatment services.

“The RAJACs whole-of-community approach enables it to be responsive to the needs of Aborigines who find themselves in the criminal justice system,” Mr Ryan said.

“I particularly commend the Koori Justice Unit for its efforts to lead and enhance interventions and support services throughout the state, and the local RAJAC for developing a plan that meets the needs of the community.”

Mrs Powell said the Victorian government continues to be a leader in addressing the over representation of Aboriginal people in our justice system.

“In developing this plan, staff from both the Department of Justice and Department of Human Services consulted with the local community in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Wangaratta, Seymour and Wodonga,” Mrs Powell said.

“Coming from this consultation it was clear that the priorities for the Hume Region would involve strengthening communities, Drug & Alcohol, Mental Health, Diversion Support, Post-Prison Support and Partnerships.”

Mr Barr said it was great to see new initiatives coming from this plan especially as the community focused approach to delivering justice services will help ensure the most appropriate support is provided to people in the judicial system.

Mr Ryan particularly thanked Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Mungabareena Aboriginal Cooperative who already deliver important justice services to Aboriginal communities in the Hume Region.

“Providing integrated services which are culturally appropriate and relevant is the key to helping people who find themselves in the justice system,” Mr Ryan said.

“I also thank all community members in the Hume region who contributed in many ways to deliver positive outcomes for their communities and the people within them.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Shepparton is a KidsTown

* * - Thursday, September 25, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier announces $69,000 for KidsTown playground redevelopment
  • Also announces $320,000 to upgrade the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve
  • Victorian Coalition Government is building a better regional and rural Victoria

The fruit bins playground at KidsTown in Shepparton is set for a major overhaul with the Victorian Coalition Government investing $69,000 to redevelop the much-loved local park.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr at KidsTown today to announce the Coalition Government’s investment towards the $70,000 KidsTown Fruit Bin Playground Equipment Upgrade.

Mr Ryan said the project would redevelop the fruit bins playground, with the existing worn-out play equipment to be replaced by a new maze and modern play equipment, suitable for children of all abilities, including those in a wheelchair.

“KidsTown’s fruit bins playground was developed by the community, in partnership with SPC, more than 20 years ago and has been a popular visitor attraction ever since,” Mr Ryan said.

“Over recent years the existing equipment has begun to show its age and is in urgent need of replacement.

“The Nationals recognise the importance of this great local facility, which attracts 165,000 visitors per year, and we are thrilled to be investing in this important local project.

“This investment will deliver modern play equipment and a challenging maze that will entertain and engage local kids for another 20 years.”

Mr Barr welcomed the Coalition Government’s investment, saying the community would be thrilled at the news, particularly the many local businesses, service clubs and individuals who have donated time and money to develop and maintain this iconic local facility.

“KidsTown is a much-loved and popular local playground, and as a local parent I understand how dear it is to the hearts of our local children and their parents,” Mr Barr said.

“I am pleased the Coalition Government has recognised the importance of KidsTown to the community and had the foresight to invest $69,000 to deliver this much-needed upgrade.”

During his visit to KidsTown, Mr Ryan also announced the Coalition Government would invest almost $320,000 towards a $640,000 upgrade to the power supply at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve.

Mr Ryan said the project would overhaul the Reserve’s power supply, enabling it to host a greater range of local sporting and community events.

“The Mooroopna Recreation Reserve is the premier community precinct in Mooroopna and is home to the Mooroopna Football Netball Club, Mooroopna Cricket Club, as well as hosting local tennis, bowls, croquet, Auskick, gymnastics and other community celebrations, events and private functions.”

“To ensure the Reserve can continue to cope with the vast array of local sporting and community events held here each and every week, it was important that we as a government invested to deliver the appropriate power infrastructure.

“While this investment doesn’t deliver a new grand stand, clubrooms and scoreboard, none of these things are of any benefit without the necessary electrical work to back it up.

“By investing to upgrade the power infrastructure now, we can ensure that any money spent at the Reserve in the future will have an immediate and beneficial impact on local user groups and the broader community.”

Mr Barr said this investment had been a key priority for the Mooroopna community.

“With this project now funded, thanks to the Coalition Government’s investment, the community can begin focussing on further developments at the Reserve, particularly those outlined in the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve master plan,” Mr Barr said.

“As The Nationals candidate for Shepparton, I will continue to be a strong voice for Mooroopna to ensure we are at the front of the line to secure Victorian Coalition Government funding.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Garry Lyon supports Regional Victoria Living Expo at Royal Melbourne Show

* * - Monday, September 22, 2014

 

  • AFL great Garry Lyon drops in to Royal Melbourne Show stand in support of next year’s Regional Victoria Living Expo
  • Expo offers information on regional housing, career, education, health, lifestyle
  • Expo to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1-3 May

Former AFL champion and media personality Garry Lyon has dropped in on the Regional Development Victoria stand at the Royal Melbourne Show, helping promote the Regional Victoria Living Expo.

Mr Lyon, raised in Kyabram in northern Victoria, joined Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan at the Regional Development Victoria stand to promote the three-day Regional Victoria Living Expo, which will run from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 May 2015.

Mr Lyon, a long-time supporter of the Regional Victoria Living Expo, gave a passionate speech at last year’s event, telling listeners his heart had never left his home town.

“Regional Victoria is a great place to grow up and a great place to raise kids,” Mr Lyon said.

“The space and sense of community is great for children and adults too. The country lifestyle has many advantages the city can't offer – like a 10 minute commute to work.”

Mr Ryan said the Royal Melbourne Show, which attracts half a million visitors, was a great opportunity to promote the advantages of regional living.

“The Royal Melbourne Show showcases the best on offer from regional Victoria and is one of Melbourne’s premier events with a genuine connection to country living,” Mr Ryan said.

“The RDV stand at the Show will give people considering relocating to regional Victoria access to the right information to plan their move, while entertaining the kids with plenty of activities including fishing games, rock climbing and finger painting.

“The Regional Victoria Living Expo will showcase Victoria’s 48 regional councils as well as information on career, housing, health, education and lifestyle opportunities in regional Victoria. It allows attendees to speak directly with regional real estate agents and to sample Victoria’s great food and wine, with regional food tastings.

“Almost 10,000 people attended last year’s expo and it’s easy to see why. On-stage performers will provide entertainment for all ages, while the Kids' Interactive Zone and Sports in the Community Precinct will engage children with interactive and educational games.

“An Arts and Culture Program will feature at the 2015 Expo, curated by Arts Victoria, in conjunction with Regional Arts Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and Public Galleries Association of Victoria.

“I am also pleased to note that major sponsor First National Real Estate – a company founded in regional Victoria – will continue its support in 2015,” Mr Ryan said.

For more information about the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo, visit www.regionalliving.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

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

* * - Monday, September 15, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Leongatha and Korumburra early years services to receive IT boost

* * - Monday, September 15, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Full steam ahead at the Moe rail precinct

* * - Monday, September 15, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Support for local sporting clubs to build inclusive facilities

* * - Thursday, September 04, 2014

 

• Up to $50,000 available for local clubs to partner with Victorian Coalition Government to build or upgrade their facilities

• Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program to support local projects

• Clubs encouraged to offer in-kind support for new facilities

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has encouraged local clubs to apply for funding to improve their facilities through the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 million Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program.

Mr Ryan said the program rewarded innovative community clubs and organisations with dollar-for-dollar funding of up to $50,000 for sport and recreation facility projects that encouraged participation, improved safety, delivered innovative facilities and for improvements that were environmentally sustainable.

Mr Ryan said projects that were eligible for funding included:

  • outdoor sports surfaces;
  • outdoor playing field developments;
  • unisex accessible change rooms, toilets and showers for facility users;
  • outdoor sports lighting;
  • indoor sports surfaces including lighting;
  • permanent/fixed equipment such as gymnastics floors;
  • water sports facilities;
  • multi-purpose training facilities; and
  • seasonal pool upgrades to support club activities.

“This program is a game-changer for local sporting clubs, acknowledging the hard work of volunteer administrators by providing financial support for projects that make a big difference to local people,” Mr Ryan said.

“Through this program we are keen to support local sport and recreation clubs which can source materials or have qualified tradespeople such as electricians or plumbers to provide in-kind support to projects.

“We want to unlock the capacity of local clubs to deliver sporting infrastructure, in particular the capacity of local sports communities to provide in-kind labour and materials towards a project.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said clubs and communities wanting to access this funding should contact their local council to discuss potential projects.

Mr Drum said local councils could apply for up to $50,000 to support two projects in their region and that each project could have a total cost of up to $150,000.

“The Coalition Government is proud to invest in a program that promotes the importance of inclusive partnerships between clubs, local and state government, whilst generating additional economic activity in local communities,” Mr Drum said.

“It’s the Coalition Government that understands community sport, and it’s only the Coalition Government that can implement programs that make a real difference to local sport.”

Mr Ryan said more information about the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program and other community sporting facility funding programs was available online at www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/local-facilities-for-local-clubs or by contacting his office in Sale on 5144 1987.

Mr Ryan said applications for the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program close on Monday, 15 September 2014. 

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404


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