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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

Bright Court House reopened to the community

* * - Thursday, August 14, 2014

 

  • Bright Court House to be restored for public use
  • Deputy Premier announces $145,000 investment in the project
  • Victorian Coalition Government putting locals first

The Bright Court House will be refurbished with the support of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, returning this much-loved historical building to community hands.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan was in Bright yesterday to announce the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $145,000 in the almost $200,000 refurbishment.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by The Nationals Member for Benalla Bill Sykes and The Nationals Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy, said the investment would bring the run-down Bright Court House back to life, enabling the local community to once again host live theatre and other forms of entertainment at the venue.

“The Bright Court House is the town’s oldest building, it is heritage listed and held dear to the local community’s heart,” Mr Ryan said.

“Built in 1861, it was used as a court of petty sessions for Buckland Goldfields where it operated right up until 1989.

“Over the next 10 years it continued to host a wide range of community activities, most notably the Alpine Actors and Foothill Theatre and Bright P-12 College’s drama and music events and activities.

“By the year 2000, the facility had run its race, with the structure of the Court House deteriorating to such a point that it was no longer deemed safe for community use and was shut down.

“The Coalition Government’s $145,000 investment will enable the Bright Court House to be reopened, returning it to community hands.”

Dr Sykes welcomed the investment, which will deliver a number of key improvements including:

  • modifications to ensure all ability access to the building;
  • establishment of a kiosk and foyer area;
  • installation of staging, tiered seating, heating and cooling, a control room, sound system and lighting;
  • replacement of floor coverings; extension of the car park;
  • landscaping; and
  • upgrade of toilets and actor facilities.

“The improvements will deliver a state-of-the-art community facility capable of hosting a wide range of events and users groups,” Dr Sykes said.

“Refurbishing the Bright Court House has long been at the top of the local community’s list of priorities and I am proud to be here today alongside the Deputy Premier to announce this funding.”

Mr McCurdy, whose existing seat of Murray Valley will be renamed Ovens Valley and will include Bright following the 2014 Victorian Election, said this project was another terrific example of how the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund was putting locals first.

“Strong support for the refurbishment has been received from the Alpine Women’s Group, Alpine Shire Youth Council, Bright Alpine Actors, Chamber of Commerce, and Lions and Rotary Clubs, and I expect these groups and others to make full use of the Court House,” Mr McCurdy said.

Mr McCurdy said the community had ‘put its money where its mouth was’, with a number of local groups and organisations chipping in towards a total project cost of $194,000.

He said this included $8,000 from the Rotary Club of Bright, $5,000 from Bright Alpine Actors, $6,000 from MADAS Productions, and $5,000 from Alpine Shire Council.

Mr McCurdy said the Bright United Men’s Shed and local businesses had also contributed a combined total of $13,000 in goods and services, as well as an in-kind contribution of $12,000 from the Court House committee of management.

The Bright Court House Redevelopment project will be completed by the end of this year.

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 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

Regional Growth Fund ensures Wangaratta remains a cycling hub

* * - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government invest $400,000 to create cycling hub in Wangaratta
  • CBD Hub to include shower, toilet and secure bicycle storage facilities
  • Coalition Government building a better regional Victoria

Wangaratta’s reputation as the home of cycling in Victoria’s North East will be further enhanced with the Victorian Coalition Government investing $400,000 to create a cycling hub in the town’s central business district (CBD).

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy to announce the Coalition Government’s $400,000 investment, which is being delivered through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government’s assistance would enable the $500,000 Merriwa Park Bicycle Hub development project to proceed.

He said the project would transform the Wangaratta Comfort Station building at Merriwa Park into a CBD cycling hub.

Mr Ryan said the project would open up the view to Merriwa Park from the CBD and create a central cycle exchange at the southern end of town.

The project includes the development of toilet and shower facilities, construction of a deck overlooking Merriwa Park, installation of secure bicycle storage, and information on local trails and tourism services in Wangaratta. The new facilities will be wheelchair friendly.

“Wangaratta is considered a Mecca for cyclists in Victoria’s North East,” Mr Ryan said.

“Many of Victoria’s great rides start and finish in Wangaratta including the Murray to Mountain Rail Trail, or journeys into the high mountains to tackle the climbs of Mount Buffalo, Mount Hotham or the challenging roads in and around Bright.

“The creation of the Merriwa Park Bicycle Hub will ensure Wangaratta remains at the head of the peloton when it comes to attracting cyclists to Victoria’s North East.”

Mr McCurdy welcomed the investment and said the CBD cycling hub would provide everything a cyclist needed when embarking on a ride, from the elite cyclists who train in the region, right through to weekend warriors.

“Cyclists can base themselves here knowing that there will be a toilet, warm showers and a place to fill up their water bottles at the start and finish of their ride,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Having a secure place to store their bikes will encourage more cyclists to venture into the CBD before or after their ride for breakfast or lunch, or to have a much needed coffee and cake.

“A facility such as this is rare in regional Victoria, and by supporting this development we are encouraging even more cyclists to the region.

“I am proud to be here today alongside the Deputy Premier to say that The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, are right behind the community in supporting this wonderful initiative.”

Mr McCurdy also thanked the Rural City of Wangaratta which is contributing the remaining $100,000 needed to complete the project.

Mr McCurdy said the Merriwa Park Bicycle Hub Development would be completed by the end of next year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Deputy Premier announces $5 million for heavy industry park

* * - Friday, August 08, 2014

 

  • Regional Growth Fund provides $2.5 million for $5 million industry park
  • Park set to attract new business to Morwell
  • Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund has created almost 500 jobs

The former Lurgi Coal Gasification Plant site will be transformed into a new heavy industry park with the aim of attracting new businesses to the Latrobe Valley, creating hundreds of new jobs.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today that the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $2.5 million from the Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund towards the $5 million Gippsland Heavy Industry Park Infrastructure Project.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe, said the project would involve the reconstruction of a number of key access roads at the site and was an important first step towards attracting new businesses and investment to Morwell.

“Morwell’s ability to attract new forms of heavy industry has been hampered by the lack of suitable land,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Lurgi site provides 68 hectares of vacant Crown land which is currently zoned for industrial use and that is waiting to be developed to house new forms of heavy industry.”

Mr Ryan said the Latrobe City Council had identified the Lurgi site as a key future employment zone in Morwell, however was unable to develop the site due to its sub-standard roads.

“Our $2.5 million investment will fix the roads, removing this key impediment,” Mr Ryan said.

“By fixing the roads we are making the site more attractive to news forms of heavy industry, while supporting existing businesses which operate here including Carter Holt Harvey, O’Connors Transport and DiFabrizio Steel Fabrications who jointly employ 200 people.”

Mr Northe welcomed the investment and said the $5 million project would be completed over three stages, including:

Stage 1 – reconstruction of Fourth Road, Second Avenue and Centre Road;
Stage 2 – drainage upgrades; and
Stage 3 – development of a water treatment dam/pond.

“Carter Holt Harvey has indicated that it would consider further investment at the site once this important work is completed,” Mr Northe said.

“Investing in this site not only secures the jobs of the 200 existing workers, but has the potential to create an additional 470 full-time jobs, 800 construction jobs, and a further 580 indirect jobs across the Latrobe Valley over the next 10 years.

“Morwell and the Latrobe Valley have been calling for a heavy industry business park for decades and I am proud to be here today alongside the Deputy Premier to say The Nationals, as part of a strong Coalition Government, are delivering this vital investment.”

Mr Northe said this exciting project was also further proof of the success of the Coalition Government’s $15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund.

“We have now invested more than $10 million from the Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund to support 30 job creating projects across the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland,” Mr Northe said.

“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.”

Mr Northe thanked the Latrobe City Council for its matching $2.5 million investment to complete the project and said the council would be responsible for delivering the project, which is expected to be completed by the middle of 2016.

Mr Northe said the Victorian Coalition Government would recommence the process to sell the Crown land at the site via a public process once the infrastructure works were complete.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Echuca – Moama Bridge a significant step closer

* * - Friday, August 01, 2014

 

  • Mid-West route selected as preferred option for second Murray River crossing
  • Deputy Premier announces $4.5 million investment to commence initial works
  • Victorian Coalition Government building better and safer roads

A second Murray River crossing between Echuca and Moama is a significant step closer with the Victorian Coalition Government announcing its preferred route and a $4.5 million investment for initial works.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined Deputy Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and Member for Rodney Paul Weller in Echuca today for this important announcement.

Mr Ryan said after careful consideration the Coalition Government had nominated the Mid-West route as its preferred option, ahead of options 2A and 2B.

Mr Ryan said the Mid-West alignment was chosen as it had the least environmental and cultural heritage impacts of the three options.

“This investment will provide the communities of Echuca and Moama with greater certainty about the planning for a second bridge over the Murray River,” Mr Ryan said.

“With the preferred route now chosen, the Business Case for the proposed new Murray River bridge can now be finalised, ready to be submitted to the Commonwealth Government for its consideration.”

Mr Ryan also announced today that the Coalition Government would invest $4.5 million to begin initial works, which include construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Warren Street and the Murray Valley Highway.

“Construction of a roundabout at this intersection is a key component of the second river crossing and a sign of this government’s commitment to the project,” Mr Ryan said.

“For years the community have been calling for this intersection to be fixed, with four serious crashes occurring here over the past five years, resulting in a number of serious injuries.

“I am pleased to say that we will fix this intersection, and in doing so we are delivering an important first step towards a second river crossing between Echuca and Moama.”

Deputy Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh, who will contest the newly created seat of Murray Plains at the upcoming Victorian Election, said he supported the Coalition Government’s preferred route and welcomed the $4.5 million investment for initial works.

“A second Murray River crossing between Echuca and Moama will have significant benefits for local traffic, local businesses and local freight operators,” Mr Walsh said.

“This investment is a significant step towards realising the dream of a second river crossing and I look forward to working with Transport Minister, Terry Mulder, VicRoads and both the New South Wales and Commonwealth governments to ensure the bridge is funded and completed.”

Member for Rodney Paul Weller said today’s announcement was evidence of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to building the bridge.

“Building the roundabout kills two birds with the one stone by delivering important initial construction works for the second river crossing, while providing much needed safety improvements at one of Echuca’s most dangerous intersections,” Mr Weller said.

Mr Weller acknowledged the important role that the Shire of Campaspe, Murray Shire Council, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation as well as their respective communities had played in progressing the project to this stage.

“Their assistance and support has been valuable in identifying, recording and responding to issues and concerns of importance to the community throughout the Environment Effects Statement phase,” Mr Weller said.

Mr Weller said with the preferred route determined, the Environment Effects Statement could now be completed and ready for public consideration by the end of 2014.

Mr Weller said construction of the new roundabout would begin in early 2015.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Growth Fund gives Swan Hill drag racing track the green light

* * - Friday, August 01, 2014

 

  • $2.45 million redevelopment at Chisholm Reserve Motor Sports Complex
  • Project will deliver a nationally accredited ¼ mile drag racing track
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better regional Victoria

Construction of a ¼ mile drag racing track at the Chisholm Reserve Motor Sports Complex near Swan Hill is set to begin, with the Victorian Coalition Government giving the much-anticipated project the green light.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh in Swan Hill today to announce the Coalition Government would invest $2 million to redevelop the Chisholm Reserve Motor Sports Complex.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government’s investment in the $2.45 million Chisholm Reserve Motor Sports Complex Redevelopment Project would be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Ryan said construction would begin over the coming months and be completed by August 2015.

The project will involve construction of a nationally accredited ¼ mile drag racing track, as well as the development of braking areas, a return road, staging area, pit area, drainage, and concrete safety barriers.

“The Chisholm Reserve Motor Sports Complex will host up to five drag racing meetings per year at the new facility, including one national event, as a direct result of this investment,” Mr Ryan said.

“The development of a ¼ mile drag racing track at Swan Hill fills a gap in the national drag racing circuit and will enable the Swan Hill Drag Racing Club to attract top-flight drag racing events to Swan Hill.

“The new track is expected to attract an additional 16,000 people per year to the region, injecting more than $2 million into the local economy.”

Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh welcomed the investment, which was an important 2010 election commitment.

“Today is a great day for Swan Hill and the local motorsports community,” Mr Walsh said.

“Swan Hill has waited a long time for this drag racing track and following all necessary preliminary works I am pleased to say the funding is now available and construction can begin.

“Chisholm Reserve is currently home to a speedway, motor cross track, go kart racing and short track dirt races, and the development of a drag racing track will mean this facility becomes one of the premiere motorsport precincts in northern Victoria.”

Mr Walsh paid credit to the Swan Hill Drag Racing Club for its commitment towards this project, and thanked the club for its almost $220,000 worth of in-kind investment in construction and operations of the new track.

Mr Walsh also thanked the Swan Hill Rural City Council, which contributed $450,000 to the total project cost.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731


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