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Our successful 98th State Nationals Conference in Benalla highlighted the important role rural and regional Victoria plays in the State’s future.

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Disability sector awards now open to Gippslanders

Friday, June 06, 2014

 

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today called for nominations for the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector Awards.

Established in 2011, Mr Ryan said the awards recognised and honoured individuals, businesses and organisations that were making a difference to the lives of Victorians living with disability.

“It’s important that we acknowledge the contribution of individuals and organisations that choose to work on improving the lives of people with disability, whether that be in a voluntary or professional capacity,” Mr Ryan said.

“Victoria continues to be a leader in disability, with individuals, businesses and the disability sector partnering with the Coalition Government to introduce key reforms, such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).”

Mr Ryan said judges of the 2014 awards would look for entries across the nine categories that demonstrated innovative and creative thinking.

“I encourage nominations about people or organisations that are having a positive impact by thinking outside the box,” Mr Ryan said.

“Previous award winners include a volunteer who created a social media space for people with disability and a disability support worker who helped individuals to review their exercise programs and achieve their fitness goals.”

Mr Ryan said the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector Awards were a partnership between the Coalition Government and National Disability Services.

Nominations for the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector Awards close on Friday, 7 March 2014 and can be submitted at www.dhs.vic.gov.au/disabilitysectorawards

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

Coalition delivers new fire station for Kongwak CFA

Friday, June 06, 2014

 

A new $462,000 fire station at Kongwak will support a dedicated local CFA brigade with a long history of providing protection to Kongwak community.


Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Kongwak today to officially open the new Kongwak Fire Station and present service medals to 11 of the brigade’s 41 members.

Mr Ryan said the new Kongwak Fire Station featured modern facilities including a meeting room, kitchen, office, two engine bays and safer parking for members’ vehicles.

"The Coalition Government has invested $462,000 in building this new station, which includes improved meeting and training facilities to help the brigade build stronger links with the community and attract new volunteers.

“The new station replaces the outdated shed with a facility that better suits the needs of the brigade.

“It also provides brigade members with a more comfortable and modern base that will allow them to respond to any incidents in the South Gippsland area more effectively.”

While in Kongwak, Mr Ryan also presented service medals to Robert Grabham (60 years), Reginald Grabham (55 years), Arthur Grabham (35 years), Ray Holloway (30 years), Anthony Reade and Deidre Grabham (25 years), Nigel Braithwaite, Ross Olden, Ross Crawford and Burke Brandon (15 years), and Nicholas Stevens (10 years).

“The Kongwak Fire Brigade was formed in 1945 and its dedicated members have fought many of the state’s major fires including Black Saturday, Ash Wednesday, Coopers Creek and Wilsons Promontory fires,” Mr Ryan said.

“It is an honour to present medals to these dedicated members and a special mention must be given to Robert and Reginald Grabham who have served the CFA as volunteers for the past 60 and 55 years respectively.”

Mr Ryan said funding the new Kongwak Fire Station was part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to upgrading firefighting facilities and infrastructure across the state, including a $61 million committed in the 2013-14 Victorian Budget to replace dilapidated and ageing rural fire stations.

“The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to upgrade 250 CFA stations over our first term in government and we will continue to strengthen Victoria’s emergency services,” Mr Ryan said.

“We are proud of the vital work performed by CFA, one of the world’s largest volunteer organisations with more than 60,000 members – 98 per cent of them volunteers.

"CFA draws its strength from the dedication, professionalism and bravery of its volunteers.”

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

Warrnambool launches Regional Achievement & Community Awards

Friday, June 06, 2014
A call for nominations for the 2013 Regional Achievement & Community Awards was made in
Warrnambool yesterday.

As the award’s patron, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development
Peter Ryan said the event aimed to acknowledge the valuable contributions that
organisations, communities and individuals make throughout regional Victoria.

“Established in 2002, the Regional Achievement & Community Awards offer a fantastic
opportunity to increase the profile of regional Victoria as a breeding ground for new business
and industry development,” Mr Ryan said.

As a long-time supporter of the event, Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was
proud to sponsor two awards this year, the Regional Victoria Living Expo Business
Achievement Award and the Regional Victoria Living Expo Leadership and Innovation Award.

“The Regional Victoria Living Expo Business Achievement Award acknowledges successful
businesses that are providing opportunities for regional growth, productivity, leadership,
training and employment,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Regional Victoria Living Expo Leadership and Innovation Award acknowledges role
models who through their leadership, innovation and driving force pave the way for others to
follow in successful careers or community ventures.”

Mr Ryan said another key objective of the awards was to promote regional Victoria as a great
place to establish a home, and take up employment, business and education opportunities.

“The Coalition Government showcases the benefits of living in regional Victoria through such
initiatives as the Good Move campaign and the Regional Victoria Living Expo,” Mr Ryan said.

“This year’s expo attracted 9,500 Melburnians interested in relocating to country Victoria –
which is well positioned to grow, innovate and create more jobs and career opportunities.

The awards will be presented in Bendigo in October this year.

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

Shepparton gets set for Regional Achievement & Community Awards

Friday, June 06, 2014
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan has called for
nominations from Shepparton for the 2013 Regional Achievement & Community Awards.

Mr Ryan, the patron of the event, said the awards were a highly anticipated event in Victoria,
in honour of the significant contribution that organisations, communities and individuals make
right across regional and rural areas.

“Since its creation in 2002, the Regional Achievement & Community Awards has offered a
fantastic opportunity to increase the profile of regional Victoria as a productive environment
for business and industry development,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was proud to sponsor two awards, the
Regional Victoria Living Expo Business Achievement Award and the Regional Victoria Living
Expo Leadership and Innovation Award.

“The Regional Victoria Living Expo Business Achievement Award acknowledges successful
businesses that are providing opportunities for regional growth, productivity, leadership,
training and employment,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Regional Victoria Living Expo Leadership and Innovation Award acknowledges role
models who through their leadership, innovation and driving force pave the way for others to
follow in successful careers or community ventures.”

Mr Ryan said another key objective of the awards was to promote regional Victoria as a great
place to establish a home, and take up employment, business and education opportunities.

“The Coalition Government showcases the benefits of living in regional Victoria through such
initiatives as the Good Move campaign and the Regional Victoria Living Expo,” Mr Ryan said.

“This year’s expo attracted 9,500 Melburnians interested in making the move to country
Victoria – and these awards provide another opportunity to promote regional living.

“Building on the strengths of the regions and maintaining growth will not only benefit regional
Victoria but the whole state.”

The 2013 Regional Achievement & Community Awards will be presented in Bendigo in
October this year.

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

Business awards now open

Friday, June 06, 2014
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland Peter Ryan is encouraging Gippslanders to nominate inspirational and innovative business women for this year’s Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Mr Ryan said there were many motivated and high achieving business women within Gippsland who deserved a nomination.

“There are so many women is this electorate who are worthy of winning one these awards and it would be marvellous to have a winner or finalist that hails from Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said.

Finalists and winners across Australia have the opportunity to attend a workshop and networking event the night before the awards as well as a share in $200,000 in cash and prizes.

“These awards are a great opportunity for business women to raise their profile, grow their business networks and connect with women outside their sector or region,” Mr Ryan said.

“I believe celebrating success stories of local women encourages the next generation of business women to realise their own potential and take the first steps towards their goals, and these awards are a great opportunity to do this.”

At a national level all the state winners are flown to Sydney to spend two full days together to participate in business workshops and events.

“The awards evening is a unique opportunity for business women to broaden their networks and share new experiences with other, like-minded women as well as mixing with partners of the program, Telstra VIPs and media personnel,” Mr Ryan said.

“Former award winners include police officers, a university lecturer and accountant, which demonstrates the diversity of entry categories.”

Nominations close Tuesday 25 June 2013. For more information and to nominate, visit http://www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/about-13.aspx.

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

Regional achievement awards call for nominations

Friday, June 06, 2014
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today called for Gippsland’s high-achievers to be nominated for the 2012 Regional Achievement & Community Awards.

Mr Ryan said Gippsland was home to a diverse and innovative range of businesses, a highly skilled workforce and proactive community groups that would be worthy nominees in this year’s Regional Achievement & Community Awards.

“These awards have built a prestigious reputation over the past 10 years and I strongly encourage people to consider nominating for one of the eight award categories on offer this year,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government is pleased to provide $78,500 to sponsor five awards which recognise regional businesses, individuals or groups that make significant contributions to their communities or lead the way in sustainability and water efficiency.”

Mr Ryan said the government was committed to ensuring regional and rural Victoria remained a key contributor to the state’s future growth and prosperity.

“The Coalition Government’s centrepiece for regional and rural Victoria is the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund which is being used for strategic initiatives to accelerate population and business growth outside of Melbourne,” Mr Ryan said.

“We recently provided $3 million from the Regional Growth Fund for the first ever Regional Victoria Living Expo to encourage Melburnians to consider a move to regional and rural Victoria.

“This is being backed by the Coalition Government’s Good Move Campaign which promotes the benefits a regional lifestyle offers.”

The 2012 Regional Achievement & Community Awards will be presented in Bendigo on 13 October.

The list of award categories include:

· Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award
· Regional Development Victoria Trade and Career Achievement Award
· Parks Victoria Regional Achiever Award
· Parks Victoria Environment and Sustainability Award
· Medibank Healthy Participation Award
· Bluescope Distribution Leadership and Innovation Award
· Department of Sustainability and Environment Water Efficiency Improvements Award
· Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 108 870

RYAN CALLS FOR HONOUR ROLL NOMINATIONS

Friday, June 06, 2014
Member for Gippsland South and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan is encouraging Gippsland residents to nominate its outstanding women for the 2010 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Mr Ryan said The Victorian Honour Roll of Women is a Victorian Government initiative which recognises and celebrates the achievements of Victorian women who have made an outstanding contribution to their community and/or occupation.

“I encourage residents of Gippsland to nominate women who, due to their notable achievements should be considered for inclusion on the 2010 Honour Roll,” Mr Ryan said.

“Gippsland has been blessed with a long history of outstanding women including 2008 Honour Roll inductees Major Alys Appleford (deceased) and Bessie Yarram, better known as Aunty Bessie.

“Major Alys Appleford was a World War One war nurse and humanitarian who settled in South Gippsland, establishing a medical practice and training Volunteer Aid Detachments (V.A.Ds), who were medically trained but not fully qualified nurses, to serve the community.

“Aunty Bessie is a respected indigenous elder and was a foundation member of the Raramhyuck District Aboriginal Corporation and was Gippsland’s first Indigenous Home and Community Care Development Officer. She was also a respected elder at Koorie courts in Morwell and Bairnsdale, being a member of the Police and Community Consultative Council in the Wellington Shire and was chairperson of the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative.

“These women are just two among many who have contributed to the fabric of the Gippsland community; however there are many more women like them out there and they should be recognised for the great work they do.”

Mr Ryan said women can be nominated for their contributions in a diverse range of fields including but not limited to, science, social justice, human rights, education, medicine, arts, sport and recreation, as well as involvement in ethnic and Indigenous communities.

Nominations for the Honour Roll close on October, 30 2009, with the new inductees to be announced on March 4, 2010 at the Victorian Honour Roll presentation, held during International Women’s Day week celebrations.

Nomination forms can be found online at the Office of Women’s Policy website or can be picked up from Mr Ryan’s office at 54B Cunninghame Street, Sale.

RYAN ENCOURAGES LOCALS TO APPLY FOR MULTICULTURAL AWARDS

Friday, June 06, 2014
Member for Gippsland South and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan is encouraging local residents to nominate for The Multicultural Awards for Excellence and Multicultural Festival and Events grants before the September 30 cut-off.

Mr Ryan said The Multicultural Awards for Excellence recognise Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds who have contributed significantly to the social, political, cultural and economic life of our community.

“Gippsland South has a growing multicultural and multifaith population with many individuals and groups working hard to provide services for the different cultural groups in our community,” Mr Ryan said.

“These groups and individuals often go unrecognised, with the Multicultural Awards for Excellence providing a great opportunity to recognise these hardworking people.”

Mr Ryan said nominations would be accepted in ten different categories including:

• Award for Meritorious Service in the Community
• Premier’s Award for Community Harmony
• Business Corporate Award
• Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria Awards
• Police and Community Multicultural Advisory Committee (PACMAC) awards
• Victorian Multicultural Commission Ambassador Award
• Victorian Multicultural Commission Media Award
• Victorian Multicultural Education Award
• Local Government Award
• Victorian Refugee Recognition Record (VRRR).

Festivals and Events Grants for multicultural events, such as conferences or festivals held between January and July 2010 that support and celebrate our multicultural heritage and diversity, are also available in the latest round of funding.

Mr Ryan said events held during Cultural Diversity Week (14-21 March) and Refugee Week (20-26 June) will be given priority for this particular round.

Grant applications are currently open and must be submitted by 4pm on Friday 25 September while award nominations must be submitted by 4pm on Wednesday 30 September 2009.

Copies of both applications for these are available from www.multicultural.vic.gov.au or Mr Ryan’s offices at 54B Cunninghame Street, Sale telephone 5144 1987.

SPORT AND RECREATION AWARDS OPEN

Friday, June 06, 2014
$50,000 is cash and prizes is on offer for individuals and sporting clubs as part of the Victorian Government’s 2009 Sport and Recreation Awards, Member for Gippsland South and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the Awards feature eight different categories, including Outstanding Club, Sport and Recreation Education, Sport and Recreation Research, Volunteer Involvement, Young Person in Sport, Access for All, Community Facility Design and the Community Participation.

“Sport plays a significant role in the lives of many Victorians and these awards are a great opportunity for individuals and clubs to be recognised for that,” Mr Ryan said.

“The thing that makes these awards special is that they are not just for the individuals and clubs who dominate on the scoreboard, or who are the front of the race or winning the pennant.

“These awards recognise better education, new research, better facility design, as well as encouraging greater participation from various groups within the community including the disabled.”

Mr Ryan said the Awards are open to private, public or community sector organisations or individuals who are involved with or contribute to sport, fitness, outdoor and community recreation in Victoria.

Nominations for the Awards close on Friday 16 October, 2009 with winners to be announced at a presentation dinner on Monday 23 November, 2009.

Nominations forms can be found online at www.sport.vic.gov.au or picked up from Peter Ryan’s electorate office at 54B Cunninghame Street Sale. For more information on the awards visit www.sport.vic.gov.au or call the Awards Coordinator on 9208 3440.

RYAN ANNOUNCES COASTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS ARE OPEN

Friday, June 06, 2014
With Venus Bay, Wilson’s Promontory and more than half of the ninety-mile beach located in Gippsland South, Member for Gippsland South and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan is calling on locals to nominate for The Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence 2010.

Mr Ryan said The Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence celebrates and recognises the work achieved by groups, individuals, businesses, schools and agencies to protect and enhance Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.

“Gippsland South in bordered by some of the most beautiful and breathtaking coastline and marine wilderness imaginable, however without the work of those protecting and enhancing it, it wouldn’t be the place it is today,” Mr Ryan said.

“We have numerous individuals, groups, schools and businesses from Venus Bay to Loch Sport carrying out countless hours of important work and this effort needs to be recognised.

“I encourage everyone involved with coastal management to nominate an individual, group, business, school or agency who they believe deserves to be recognised.

“Nominations can be made for those going beyond the call of duty, an individual, group or school initiating community action or simply a business or organisation showing corporate responsibility.

“Last year, local group Friends of Venus Bay were honoured with an award for community action.
 
“Created five years ago, Friends of Venus Bay has raised community awareness of environmental weeds, the plight of bandicoots and beach nesting birds and encouraged the retention and replanting of indigenous vegetation.

“To increase community understanding of the value of indigenous vegetation, the group created a demonstration indigenous garden to encourage landholders to plant indigenous vegetation on their private land.“

Mr Ryan said nominations for excellence are sought in six fields including, Natural Environment, Education, Coastal Planning and Management, Coast Building and Design, Community Action and Partnerships and Individual Achievement.

Further information and nomination forms are available form the coastal awards website, or by calling the awards team on 03 9637 9456.

Nominations close on Friday 19 February 2010 at 5pm.