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Regional Growth Fund honours Vietnam Veterans

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • Deputy Premier inspects progress of Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk 
  • $1 billion Regional Growth Fund provided $243,000 for stage three of the project 
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better Victoria

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan yesterday inspected progress of the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour.


Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund had invested $243,000 in the third and final stage of the project, which was nearing completion.

“The memorial, once completed, will be a poignant reminder of the sacrifice many Australians made in Vietnam,” Mr Ryan said.

“We also expect the walk to draw tourists into the Seymour region, creating vital jobs locally.”

Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said the project created an important monument that would honour the more than 60,000 Australians who served in Vietnam.

“Of those 60,000 who served, 3000 were wounded, 521 lost their lives and those who did return often received a hostile reception due to the controversial nature of the Vietnam War,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk will be an important monument and a place for quiet reflection on the sacrifice made by Australia’s Vietnam servicemen and women.

“The stage three works include the installation of military artefacts and lighting, wall panels to honour recipients of the Victoria Cross, the construction of two car parks, extra landscaping, paving, footpaths and drainage.”

Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish said the overall project would be completed at a cost in excess of $2.5 million and with significant in-kind input from the Mitchell Shire Council and the local community.

“Stages one and two of the project have been completed at a cost of $1.7 million and include the construction of the Luscombe Bowl and Memorial Cairn (stage one) and construction of the Commemorative Wall (stage two),” Ms McLeish said.

“This project is wonderful example of the Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund working with local government and community organisations to deliver local projects nominated by the community, not dreamed up by some politician in Melbourne.

“I thank and congratulate our stage three project partners, including Mitchell Shire Council for providing $100,000, in-kind support, Mitchell Sub Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia for contributing $81,000 and the Commonwealth Government for providing $500,000.”

Mr Ryan said the Regional Growth Fund was investing in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria.

“Since it was established in 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has delivered more than $400 million, generating around $1.6 billion in total investment across more than 1,440 projects,” Mr Ryan said.

During his visit to Seymour Mr Ryan also met with local businesses, toured the Visitor Information Centre and met with the Seymour Football Netball Club.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

$1 billion Regional Growth Fund supports Kelpie centre study

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • Deputy Premier announces $15,000 for $20,000 Kelpie centre study 
  • Interpretive centre would further cement Casterton as the home of the Kelpie 
  • Victorian Coalition Government supporting local communities to develop local initiatives

Casterton’s status as the home of the Kelpie will be further cemented if the development of the Casterton Kelpie Interpretive Centre proves viable.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan visited Casterton today to announce the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $15,000 in the $20,000 Casterton Kelpie Interpretive Centre Feasibility Study.

Mr Ryan, who was joined in Casterton by Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty and The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy, said the study would identify the benefits of developing the Casterton Kelpie Interpretive Centre.

“Casterton is the birthplace of the Kelpie, and each year hosts the annual Kelpie Muster Festival over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, attracting visitors from right across Australia,” Mr Ryan said.

“A statue of a Kelpie was also commissioned and placed outside the Casterton Town Hall in celebration of the Kelpie’s history, and the town is home to the Kelpie Walking Trail which takes in five unique Kelpie sculptures with interpretive signage.

“The local community is keen to further develop its links with the iconic Kelpie to help attract even more visitors to Casterton all-year-round.

“To achieve this aim, the community asked the Coalition Government to support a feasibility study to look at the benefits of developing the Casterton Kelpie Interpretive Centre, which could potentially be incorporated into a larger Glenelg Visitor Information Centre development.

“The Coalition Government is keen to help local communities capitalise on their strengths and I am proud to be here today, alongside Hugh Delahunty and Emma Kealy, to announce our government’s support for this exciting initiative.”

Mr Delahunty, who last week called on the Deputy Premier to support the initiative, said the feasibility study was an important first step towards developing the Casterton Kelpie Interpretive Centre.

“Community consultation has already indicated there is strong local support for this project,” Mr Delahunty said.

“A consultant will now be appointed to undertake the feasibility study, which will identify community and business needs, as well as develop a project business plan.

“The community, particularly the Casterton Kelpie Association, should be applauded for the work it has done in developing Casterton’s reputation as the home of the Kelpie and I am proud that we as a government can assist the community to progress this initiative further.”

Ms Kealy welcomed the Coalition Government’s funding support, which was provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, and also thanked the Glenelg Shire Council for its $5000 contribution towards the feasibility study.

“This project is yet another example of the strong work The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, are doing in regional communities, particularly in Western Victoria,” Ms Kealy said.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund, the Coalition Government is investing in community-led projects that help our local communities be their best.

“Here in the Glenelg Shire, the Regional Growth Fund has invested almost $4 million in support of 40 projects, leveraging almost $6 million in total investment.”

The Casterton Kelpie Interpretive Centre Feasibility Study will be finalised by February 2015.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Labor and Jacinta Allan’s half a billion dollar blunder

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • Labor’s Jacinta Allan wrongly claims no money is allocated for the next four years of the Regional Growth Fund
  • Another serious error from Labor’s regional spokesperson
  • $500 million gaffe again shows Labor can’t be trusted to manage the economy

Labor and Jacinta Allan have humiliated themselves yet again, with a half a billion dollar blunder in their reading of the 2014-15 state budget, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said today.

Following wannabe Treasurer Tim Pallas’ inept billion dollar blunder, Ms Allan wrongly claimed there was no money allocated in the budget for the Regional Growth Fund.

On May 8, Ms Allan spoke in parliament claiming the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund was a “hoax”.

“The budget papers do not reveal one cent of the forward allocation for this $1 billion growth fund…We keep being told how it is $1 billion and how it is locked into the budget. This budget shows what a betrayal that is, because nowhere in the budget papers is it articulated that the forward estimates show a funding allocation of the next $500 million.” (Hansard, 8 May 2014.)

The money is in fact allocated under the departmental budget; Ms Allan had simply failed to correctly identify it.

“This shows us once again that Labor cannot manage money and cannot be trusted to manage Victoria’s finances,” Mr Ryan said.

“This is the MP who recently criticised the Coalition Government’s plan for free Melbourne CBD transport to the people of Bendigo, when leader Daniel Andrews had already said Labor supported the plan – Ms Allan seeming to think the people of Bendigo wouldn’t read Melbourne papers and notice the contradiction.

“One would think Ms Allan would have bothered to make sure she had her facts right before making public statements based on pure fiction. This is another serious error from Labor’s regional spokesperson.

“In addition to displaying an economic incompetence that borders on innumeracy, these matters also raise questions about honesty and judgement. I call on Ms Allan to admit her mistake and apologise for misleading the people of Victoria in State Parliament.”

This is not Ms Allan’s first embarrassing financial blunder this year.

On February 19, Ms Allan issued a media release claiming the Victorian Coalition Government blew “a quarter of a million dollars designing a stall” to promote Regional Living at the Royal Melbourne show – but once again had the facts and figures wrong; Regional Development Victoria had actually paid $165,836 for numerous initiatives promoting rural and regional Victoria.

Taxpayers should also be reminded that the Victorian Auditor General’s report into Ms Allan’s provincial spending program when Labor was last in government found there was “little supporting evidence to substantiate” where $21.64 million went.

Regional Growth Fund makes McIndoe Park safer

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • McIndoe Park is now safer and more accessible for families and children
  • $120,000 upgrade includes new rotunda, free BBQs, perimeter fencing and improved disabled access
  • Victorian Coalition Government invested $88,000 to make the project a reality

Leongatha’s much-loved McIndoe Park is now safer and more accessible for families and children of all ages and abilities thanks to an $88,000 investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Leongatha on Friday to officially open the $120,000 McIndoe Park Development Project.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien at Friday's event, said the project included new perimeter fencing and child proof gates, new pathways to improve disabled access, as well as a new rotunda with free barbecues, tables and chairs.

“McIndoe Park is one of the most used and loved community spaces in Leongatha, regularly hosting large community events such as concerts and Australia Day celebrations,” Mr Ryan said.

“Its accessible playground and open space make it a popular place to play for children of all ages and abilities, while its beautiful surrounds and picnic facilities mean it’s a perfect location to host gatherings with family and friends or simply for an afternoon out.”

Mr Ryan said that while the park was a popular destination for locals and visitors to Leongatha, it wasn’t always safe.

“There are two busy roads bordering the park and an accessible water drain nearby which has caused significant concern for parents of young children,” Mr Ryan said.

“Having secure fencing around the perimeter of the park will mean children are protected from the road and water drain, providing much relief for parents.”

Mr O’Brien said the installation of new pathways linking the rotundas to the playground had greatly improved accessibility at McIndoe Park, particularly for students from the South Gippsland Specialist School.

“The South Gippsland Specialist School spends a lot of time at McIndoe Park thanks to its impressive range of accessible playground equipment,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The development of these new pathways will make it easier and safer for students to access the accessible play equipment, enabling them to get the most out of this wonderful facility.”

Mr Ryan thanked the South Gippsland Shire Council, which contributed $22,000 towards the project, and the Lions Club of Leongatha, which contributed $10,000.

He said this project was another example of the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund putting locals first.

“Without a specific fund designed to support initiatives such as the McIndoe Park development, this important upgrade may have never been completed,” Mr Ryan said.

“The community asked for this development, local parents and the council drove it and the Coalition Government is proud to provide the funding to make it a reality.”

Mr Ryan said this project was one of more than 30 across South Gippsland to receive Regional Growth Fund support, delivering almost $60 million of leveraged investment to the region.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer  0437 547 731 


$15 million Cultural Hub project to boost Port of Sale

Friday, June 06, 2014
  • Victorian Coalition Government invest $4.75 million in Sale Cultural Hub
  • Gippsland Art Gallery and Sale Library to co-locate at Port of Sale Civic Centre
  • Victorian Coalition Government is building important local infrastructure

The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will invest $4.75 million to co-locate the Gippsland Art Gallery and Sale Public Library at the Port of Sale, delivering a long awaited cultural and community hub for residents in Sale.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan joined Minister for Local Government Tim Bull at the Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale today to jointly announce the Coalition Government’s funding to support the $15 million Port of Sale Cultural Hub project.

Mr Ryan announced $4 million of the Coalition Government’s investment would come from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, with Mr Bull announcing the additional $750,000 would be provided through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

Mr Ryan said the project would involve developing the existing Port of Sale Civic Centre into a cultural and community precinct incorporating an expanded Art Gallery and Library.

He said the new facility at the Port of Sale would include the library headquarters, offices, public meeting spaces, a central café, lounge area and free WIFI.

“The Gippsland Art Gallery currently has insufficient exhibition space, meaning its ability to host exhibits is limited. The Sale Public Library, which is currently located at the Sale Secondary College, faces a similar situation,” Mr Ryan said.

“This new facility will provide both the Art Gallery and Library with more room, with this new hub set to become be a great new asset for the community.

“The expanded Art Gallery is expected to attract a large portfolio of programs and blockbuster exhibitions, while the library will also be of great educational, social and cultural benefit to the local residents.”

Mr Bull said the project would also involve the relocation and consolidation of local council employees to the recently acquired Desailly Street commercial office block.

Mr Bull said the project would retain 29 existing jobs at both the Art Gallery and Library, create 38 new construction jobs and generate more than 40 indirect jobs in Sale.

Mr Ryan thanked funding partners including the Wellington Shire Council, which contributed $9.25 million towards the project, and local philanthropist John Leslie, who made a generous donation of $1 million.

“The new Port of Sale Cultural Hub will inject $15 million directly into the local economy and generate around $27 million in total economic output,” Mr Ryan said.

“Through initiatives such as our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, the Coalition Government is delivering much-needed and important local infrastructure that will benefit regional and rural communities.”

Mr Bull said the Coalition Government were strong supporters of libraries in regional and rural Victoria.

“Our libraries are at the very heart of our communities with nearly half of all Victorians current members of their local library,” Mr Bull said.

“We are is investing more than $17 million in our Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, with a record $39.5 million to be invested through our Public Libraries Funding Program in 2014-15, the highest amount of ongoing funding ever provided for library service delivery.

“Over the past three years the Coalition Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program has provided $12.4 million towards 45 library projects across the state.”

Media contacts:

Ben Bulmer   0437 547 731 ben.bulmer@minstaff.vic.gov.au (Deputy Premier)                     

Sean Burton  0428 506 585 sean.burton@minstaff.vic.gov.au (Minister Bull)  

Coalition Government building a better Gippsland

Friday, June 06, 2014

This week’s Victorian Coalition Government 2014-15 State Budget delivers in the key areas of education, roads, tourism, business, emergency services and health, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition’s State Budget delivers improved infrastructure and services for residents and businesses throughout Gippsland to build a better, more connected Victoria.

“This Budget is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into Gippsland and other regional cities and rural communities,” Mr Ryan said.

The Liberal Nationals Coalition Government outlined significant expenditure in the 2014-15 Budget that benefits residents in the Gippsland South electorate. Highlights include:

  • $5.6 million to upgrade Korumburra Secondary College;
  • $4 million for planning and stage One works at the Sale Specialist School; 
  • $5.12 million for the Leongatha heavy vehicle alternate route;
  • $14 million for regional tourism marketing to increase visitors to regional Victoria;
  • $14 million to provide small business owners with practical financial management, marketing and human resources strategies;
  • $4.7 million to upgrade the online energy price comparison tool, My Power Planner;
  • $65 million to fund bushfire management measures;
  • $29 million for the CFA to acquire 78 additional vehicles
  • $20.5 million to replace Respiratory Protection Equipment for CFA and MFB firefighters;
  • 5.5 million for practical on-ground partnership with Landcare groups;
  • An additional $3 million a year for the Boating Safety and Facilities Program, bringing total funding to $8 million annually; and
  • $1.2 billion commitment per year to Vocational Education and Training.

Mr Ryan said these investments build upon the Coalition Government’s recently announced budget initiatives. Highlights in the Gippsland South region include: 


  • An extra $130 million pumped into road maintenance, meaning that more than $500 million will be delivered in the coming year for maintaining roads - up from $384 million under Labor;
  • $73 million for a major redevelopment of Latrobe Regional Hospital, including a new emergency department with double the capacity of the current facility, a new 30-bed ward and a cardiac catheterisation laboratory;
  • $13.5 million for the rollout of new tasers to all 24 hour police stations across regional Victoria, including Sale; 
  • $34 million to expand drug and alcohol treatment services and tackle the use of illicit drugs including ice throughout the state, including Gippsland;
  • $2 million to improve wild dog control; and
  • $3 million to provide support for regional councils to assess infrastructure demand, develop business cases and manage projects.

“By rebuilding Victoria’s finances and keeping the economy strong, the Coalition Government has been able to advance key projects, including those under the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Nationals are exceptionally proud of the Regional Growth Fund, which has contributed to more than 70 projects in the Wellington and South Gippsland shires, leveraging almost $60 million in total investment.”

Mr Ryan said the local projects announced in the 2014-15 State Budget built on the Coalition Government’s significant investment in Gippsland over past Budgets.

Mr Ryan said the Liberal Nationals Coalition Government is building a better Victoria by delivering a strong budget with a record $27 billion investment in roads, rail, health and education, ensuring growth, jobs and opportunities across the state.

“This is in stark contrast to the risk that Daniel Andrews and Labor pose to Victoria’s economy and prosperity. Victorians cannot afford a return to Labor, which is more interested in kowtowing to its union mates than addressing the needs of regional Victorians,” he said.

“Only a Liberal Nationals Coalition Government can be trusted to deliver these important projects on time and within budget.”

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



Regional Growth Fund helps Bertalli’s Alpine Breads to rise higher

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • Bertalli’s Alpine Breads to develop an innovative new packaging line 
  • New packaging line will create six jobs and open up new markets 
  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $75,000 to support the expansion

Six new jobs will be created at Bertalli’s Alpine Breads Benalla bakery, with the Victorian Coalition Government announcing today that it will invest $75,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to support a $450,000 expansion.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan joined Member for Benalla Bill Sykes and Nationals Candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan to announce the Coalition Government grant which will enable the company to expand its packaging line.

Mr Ryan said the expansion would allow the company to boost the supply of its new range of artisan breads, opening up new markets.

“This $450,000 investment will enable Bertalli’s Alpine Breads to develop an innovative new packaging line for its artisan breads, creating six new local jobs,” Mr Ryan said.

“The new packaging line will replace traditional bread loaf packaging with new sealed clear packaging, similar to that used for cheese and meats.

“This process will extend the shelf life of its bread by up to three weeks, enabling the company to supply new interstate markets including supermarkets, retail health food businesses and specialty food outlets.

“The Coalition Government is proud to support regional and rural businesses to grow their operations, access new markets and employ more local people.”

Mr Sykes welcomed the investment and said Bertalli’s Alpine Breads was a highly regarded specialty bakery, employing 20 Benalla locals.

“Bertalli’s Alpine Breads is a regional success story, growing from a humble local bakery to one that supplies specialty breads to Coles and Woolworths,” Mr Sykes said.

“More recently, the company has developed a new range of artisan breads for supply to independent supermarkets and retail outlets.

“This expansion will allow more people in more areas to purchase this wonderful Benalla product.”

Ms Ryan said this exciting project was another example of the strong work the Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, were delivering for regional communities.

“The Coalition Government is investing record funding in regional and rural Victoria through initiatives such as the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Regional Growth Fund has so far invested more than $4 million for projects in Benalla, leveraging more than $12 million in investment.

“This includes $1 million for the $4.57 million Benalla Library/Civic Centre Conversion project, $900,000 for the $3.5 million Benalla Aquatic Centre Re-development, and $300,000 for the $400,000 Benalla Town Hall Restoration.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

$110,000 for Benalla Airport master plan

Friday, June 06, 2014
 
  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $110,000 in Benalla Airport master plan 
  • Project is a local priority ahead of the 2017 World Gliding Championships 
  • The Regional Growth Fund has delivered almost $400 million to support more than 1400 projects, leveraging more than $1.6 billion in total investment

The Victorian Coalition Government is investing $110,000 from its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in a detailed master plan for the Benalla Airport.

In Benalla today, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the project was a priority for the Benalla Rural City Council as it prepares for the pre World Gliding Championships test event in December 2015 and the World Gliding Championships in January 2017.
“We’re delighted to be able to be part of it,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Benalla airport precinct includes more than 15 active user groups including aviation businesses, club members, accommodation facilities, recreational aviation, potters, museums, tertiary education facilities and a Performing Arts Centre.

“This Regional Growth Fund investment will help Benalla Rural City Council complete a strategic review of the airport and engage with user groups about the planning for future growth and development of this facility.”

Mr Ryan said the airport master plan would provide strategic development advice to Benalla Rural City Council and give confidence to user groups and investors looking to develop and grow businesses at the airport.

“The project will develop a collective vision across all user groups and a broader plan for the airport precinct,” Mr Ryan said.

“It will help ready the airport for the World Gliding Championships.”

Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said Benalla’s airport was renowned for good weather and safe, reliable flying conditions.

“The future of the airport is important to pilots and gliders as well as local businesses who benefit from the economic activity and tourism it brings.”

Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said the Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund was investing in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria.

“The Regional Growth Fund has delivered almost $400 million, generating over $1.6 billion of total investment across more than 1400 projects,” Mr Sykes said.

“In Benalla Rural City, the Regional Growth Fund has provided $4.1 million to 18 projects, leveraging about $12.4 million in total investment. This includes $1.6 million for the $4.58 million Benalla Library/Civic Centre Conversion; $104,075 for the $3.5 million Benalla Aquatic Centre Re-development and $300,000 for the $400,000 Benalla Town Hall Restoration.”

The Benalla Airport master plan will be completed in June 2014.

Media contact: Les White
0409 805 122

$42 million Pactum Dairy Group UHT milk line opens

Friday, June 06, 2014


  • $950,000 from Victorian Coalition Government brings new UHT milk line to Pactum Dairy in Shepparton 
  • New line will process up to 100 million litres of UHT milk within three years 
  • Regional Growth Fund has leveraged more than $1.6 billion of investment across regional and rural Victoria

A new UHT milk processing facility at Pactum Dairy in Shepparton was opened today, following an investment of $950,000 by the Victorian Coalition Government.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan joined Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss to open the new $42 million facility.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government invested $700,000 from the Industries for Today and Tomorrow program to support the development of the Ultra High Temperature (UHT) milk processing facility, enabling it to process up to 100 million litres of milk within the next three years, bringing economic benefit to the region and Victoria.

He said a further $250,000 from the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund aided the extension and connection of natural gas to the Shepparton site.

“The Victorian Coalition Government’s $950,000 investment has helped attract a business to Shepparton which could otherwise have gone elsewhere,” Mr Ryan said.

“The new facility builds on one of the natural advantages of the region – dairy – to export our product to the world, creating new local jobs.

“With overall sales at around $100 million, Pactum Dairy also has the potential to export up to $37 million worth of produce to the Chinese market.

“This investment is a win for the Shepparton and we’re proud to be part of it.”

Mr Ryan said the project had already generated 35 full-time jobs, growing to 52 full-time jobs over the next three years.

“The Coalition Government is proud to support regional jobs and regional industries, particularly in the Goulburn Valley where investment such as those at SPC Ardmona and Rubicon have created new jobs and secured existing workforces,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Truss said it was crucial for businesses in regional areas to tap into global supply chains.

“Pactum Dairy Group is capitalising on new opportunities presented by new and emerging markets, creating fresh prospects for the regional and national economies,” Mr Truss said.

“This facility is a great example of strategic, well-planned and well-executed infrastructure that will improve the competitiveness of the region’s dairy sector and underpin new jobs and economic opportunities for the Shepparton region.”

Mr Ryan said the overall $42 million investment in the new UHT milk processing facility, and gas extension was an example of projects that strengthened the economic base of regional Victoria, as intended through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“Since it was established in 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has delivered almost $400 million, generating over $1.6 billion of total investment across more than 1400 projects.”

Mr Ryan said in the City of Greater Shepparton, the Regional Growth Fund had provided almost $10 million to 25 projects, leveraging around $95 million in total investment. 

Those projects included:

  • $2 million for the $6.57 million Mooroopna West Growth Corridor project; 
  • $700,000 for the $2.37 million Vaughan Street Precinct Urban Renewal and Redevelopment Project; and 
  • $600,000 for the $900,000 Fairley Leadership Program for the Goulburn Valley.

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

Gippsland produce takes a major step forward

Friday, June 06, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The $35.4 million Food to Asia Action Plan will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870