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New suburb on doorstep of Melbourne’s CBD to become a reality

* * - Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Napthine Government announces Expressions of Interest for new suburb in West Melbourne rail yard
  • 20 hectare E-Gate site is expected to generate $3 – 4 billion worth of investment, creating more than 5,000 jobs and housing 10,000 residents
  • Napthine Government investing in state shaping infrastructure and building a better Victoria

    The Napthine Government is calling for Expressions of Interest to develop the 20ha E-Gate site on the western edge of Melbourne’s CBD, the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan announced today.

    “E-Gate is a world class development opportunity on the doorstep of the Melbourne CBD. It will be home to around 10,000 residents as Melbourne’s newest inner city suburb,” Mr Ryan said.

    “The project is a 20 year plan to deliver a new, integrated community close to jobs and transport, with new parklands and all the things that make life in Melbourne great. It will be a game-changer for the inner west linking Docklands and West Melbourne and creating new activity in both areas.

    “E-Gate is one of the Napthine Government’s priority economic development projects in the Footscray to Richmond rail corridor that will transform Melbourne by unlocking underutilised land and expanding the central city.

    “It is a secure long-term, pipeline project that is expected to generate $3 – 4 billion of investment in Victoria and create more than 5,000 jobs,” Mr Ryan said.

    Speaking at the EOI announcement, the Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said the development offered economic and public benefits.

    “The Napthine Government wants to harness the innovation and creativity of the private sector for ideas to develop the E-Gate site with the maximum benefit for the community and Melbourne,” Mr Hodgett said.

    “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a new suburb in the heart of our city, and we are determined to get this right.

    “E-Gate residents, workers and visitors will enjoy new green open space, great public transport access and new pedestrian and bicycle paths linking north, south, east and west.

    “We also expect the development of E-Gate by the private sector to provide substantial economic stimulus to the State with the value of the developed site around $3 – 4 billion.

    “E-Gate is a strategically significant site for Melbourne and Victoria. The Napthine Government has a responsibility to get this right and get the best value for money outcome for Victorians.

    “We firmly believe the market at home and abroad will be attracted to this once in a generation opportunity for a site of this scale and significance in inner Melbourne,” Mr Hodgett said.

    For more information or to download the EOI documents please visit www.egate.melbourne

    The E-Gate EOI closes on 19 February 2015.

    Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Labor will cut the country

* * - Monday, October 06, 2014

 

  • Labor’s pamphlet reveals it will cut funding to country Victoria by $1.936 billion
  • Labor copycats policies which are already in action
  • Labor puts up token spending to cover massive cuts

Labor’s pamphlet, released today, reveals Labor will cut funding for country Victoria by at least $1.936 billion, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said today.

“Labor’s claims it will spend $200 million on regional jobs, $1 billion on regional roads over eight years, and reinstate its token Regional Infrastructure Development Fund are token offerings to disguise huge cuts in the country,” Mr Ryan said.

“Labor steals your wallet then offers you one of your own stolen banknotes as a distraction.

“In the next term of government, Labor, if elected, would cut the Regional Growth Fund ($500 million); cut the Murray Basin Rail Project (up to $220 million); cut up to three quarters of the roads maintenance budget ($1.5 billion); and cut the Country Roads and Bridges program ($160 million).

“It would return a token $200 million for a regional jobs fund, far less than the $500 million the Coalition has already set aside in the Regional Growth Fund – which Labor has said it will axe. The Regional Growth Fund has already invested more than $440 million in 1,600 projects, generating $1.8 billion of investment and 5,000 jobs in regional and rural Victoria.

“Labor’s pledge to spend $1 billion on regional roads over eight years equates to $125 million a year – up to a 75 per cent cut. This year, the Coalition invested $500 million in roads maintenance.

“Labor has said it would reinstate its token Regional Infrastructure Development Fund, which its glossy brochures tell us invested just $61 million a year – $611 million over a decade – so that’s $244 million over the next term of government.

“That’s a $2.38 billion cut from the country and $444 million offered as a replacement – Labor cuts the country by $1.936 billion,” Mr Ryan said.

“Furthermore, Labor’s copycat regional jobs ‘policies’ released today are already reality under the Regional Growth Fund, which Labor aims to axe.

“Labor says it will set up Regional Business Centres and Regional Cities Clusters to ‘provide expert advice and assistance to businesses looking to expand or relocate to regional Victoria’.

This is already done under the Regional Growth Fund.”

Regional Development Victoria already manages 18 regional offices which ‘facilitate investment, jobs and exports, creating a local contact point for businesses, council and community groups’.

RDV also has a Business Engagement Team which ‘engages with Victorian regional businesses to promote the development of sustainable industries that are growth orientated and export focussed’.

“Labor has refused to commit to the Murray Basin Rail Project, worth up to $220 million, which will transform the way goods are transported in western and northern Victoria, creating countless jobs and huge opportunities for business and exports,” Mr Ryan said.

“Labor has also refused to commit to the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges program.

“Labor will cut the country by $1.936 billion, print a glossy brochure and try to fool regional Victorians into believing it invests in the regions.

“Labor will cut the country.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Regional Growth Fund delivers $500,000 for new pedestrian bridge in Horsham

* * - Friday, October 03, 2014

 

  • $500,000 from Victorian Coalition Government to build new pedestrian bridge
  • $1.2 million bridge will link Southbank with Horsham’s key facilities
  • The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, are building a better Horsham

Southbank residents have called for better access to Horsham’s CBD, schools, sporting facilities and health care services and the Victorian Coalition Government has answered, investing $500,000 in the construction of a new pedestrian bridge.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy and The Nationals Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty in Horsham today to announce the $500,000 investment from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government had partnered with the Horsham Rural City Council and the Southbank developer to deliver the $1.2 million new pedestrian bridge.

Mr Ryan said the bridge, to be located one kilometre west of the Western Highway Bridge, would provide a vital link between the growing Southbank residential area and the Horsham CBD.

“For years the community has called for this vital piece of local infrastructure to be built and I am proud to be here today alongside Emma Kealy and Hugh Delahunty to announce that we are going to build it,” Mr Ryan said.

“Southbank residents will now have easy access to Horsham’s CBD, shops, schools, sports facilities, health care services and other community infrastructure.

“No longer will locals have to walk more than a kilometre down to the existing bridge on the Western Highway to gain access to the CBD. It will now be just a simple walk from home, over the river and into town.

“This new bridge will provide a significant boost for the local community, local businesses and residents living in the growing Southbank residential precinct.

“The Nationals, working as part of a strong Coalition Government, are proud to partner with the Horsham Rural City Council and the private sector to deliver projects which are important to local communities.

“The Nationals will continue to invest in Horsham to ensure it remains a great community in which to live and work.”

Ms Kealy welcomed the Coalition Government’s investment and said partnerships between all levels of government and private industry were vital to ensuring a prosperous local economy.

Ms Kealy applauded the Coalition Government for investing in this project which makes it much easier for locals to walk or ride from their home into the Horsham CBD.

“By encouraging more people to walk or ride from home into town we are creating a healthier and more active community, while also providing a boost for local businesses,” Ms Kealy said.

“The construction of this important bridge will make Southbank an even better place to live, encouraging more people across the river to this wonderful part of town.

“Delivering practical local projects which make a difference to our local communities is what attracted me to The Nationals, and as The National candidate for Lowan I will continue to be a strong voice from within government to deliver important local investments such as this.

“I look forward to returning here in July next year, once this project is complete, with my family to walk across what I am sure will be a wonderful structure that the entire Horsham community can be proud of.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Growth Fund delivers for Natimuk

* * - Friday, October 03, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $80,000 in multi-purpose facility at Natimuk Showgrounds
  • New facility will support large community events such as the Nati-Frinj Festival
  • Victorian Coalition Government continues to build a better regional Victoria

The Natimuk Showgrounds, home of the iconic Nati-Frinj Festival, will receive a major facelift with the the construction of a new 178 square metre multi-purpose building.

The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy invited Deputy Premier Peter Ryan to Natimuk today to announce the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government would invest $80,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in the $212,500 project.

Ms Kealy said it was an honour to be at Natimuk Showgrounds alongside the Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty to make this exciting funding announcement.

Ms Kealy said the project would involve the construction of a 178 square metre multi-purpose building including first aid and parents’ rooms, new toilets, equipment storage, a covered BBQ area and covered public viewing area.

Ms Kealy said the project would also incorporate paths to connect the new facility to other buildings in the showgrounds precinct

“This investment will also deliver important safety outcomes for the community because the showgrounds are a designated relief centre during local emergencies,” Ms Kealy said.

“The development of a new multi-purpose building will enable more people to be accommodated here in greater comfort during floods, fire and other disasters.

“It will also support the work of the Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society, the neighbouring Natimuk Men's Shed, the Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk Tennis Club, Natimuk Football and Netball Clubs, and the Natimuk Primary School.

“I thank the Coalition Government for this investment and acknowledge in particular Peter Ryan and Hugh Delahunty for their strong support for this region.

“As The Nationals candidate for Lowan, and working within a Coalition Government I will continue to be a strong voice for Natimuk and this region to ensure more projects such as this are supported and delivered by all levels of government.”

Mr Ryan said it was an honour to be in Natimuk alongside Emma Kealy and Hugh Delahunty, praising their strong and constant advocacy for the region.

Mr Ryan said The Nationals, working in Coalition Government, were a strong supporter of communities in the Wimmera and were proud to invest in this important local project.

“In addition to the benefits outlined by Emma Kealy, I understand this investment will support iconic community events such as the biennial Nati-Frinj Festival,” Mr Ryan said.

“I have been told by many locals that Natimuk is famous for two things, rock climbing and Nati-Frinj, with the festival having a strong reputation as a major cultural event for the region that not only brings this community together but attracts more than 1,500 visitors to town.

“Rock climbers, artists, musicians, those coming from the city for a great time, those wanting to socialise or meet new friends, and many others are attracted to this magnificent festival, and I am proud that we as a government can support it and other local user groups.”

Mr Ryan said The Nationals fought hard to secure investments such as the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which he said could only be spent in the regions outside of Melbourne, to support initiatives such as the development of this new multi-purpose facility here in Natimuk.

“If given the chance to again govern Victoria in Coalition with the Liberals, The Nationals and our candidates such as Emma Kealy will continue to be a strong voice for this regions to ensure they continue to receive their share of funding.

“This government understands, we as The Nationals understand, that when the regions do well the whole state prospers.”

Mr Ryan said the new multipurpose building would be completed and functional by October next year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Roll-out of natural gas to Lakes Entrance and Orbost to begin next year

* * - Friday, October 03, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier visits Lakes Entrance and Orbost to discuss the roll-out of natural gas
  • Natural gas to be connected to both communities by the middle of 2016
  • Victorian Coalition Government delivers its election commitment to connect Lakes Entrance and Orbost to reticulated natural gas

Residents and businesses in Lakes Entrance and Orbost will be connected to reticulated natural gas by the middle of 2016.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan joined The Nationals Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull in Lakes Entrance on Wednesday to discuss the roll-out of natural gas with local businesses and community groups.

Mr Ryan said both Lakes Entrance and Orbost would be connected using a compressed natural gas delivery solution, an Australian first.

He said Brookfield Infrastructure Group had been selected to deliver the connection, following an $85 million Request for Tender as part of the Coalition Government’s Energy for the Regions Program.

“This announcement is great news for the communities of Lakes Entrance and Orbost,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government said we would connect Lakes Entrance and Orbost to reticulated natural gas and true to our word, we are now delivering.

“Connecting Lakes Entrance and Orbost to gas will mean locals won’t have to purchase expensive bottled LPG, with the frustration of running out of gas set to be a thing of the past.

“Having a natural gas connection will encourage more people to move to Lakes Entrance and Orbost and will help these communities attract new business and investment.”

Mr Ryan said the project would involve the installation of Daughter Stations on the outskirts of both Lakes Entrance and Orbost that would store compressed natural gas which would then be piped to homes and businesses.

Mr Ryan said gas would be trucked from a central Mother Station to the Daughter Stations, with the gas to be delivered at a price comparable to natural gas supplied through conventional pipelines.

Mr Bull welcomed the investment and said connecting Lakes Entrance and Orbost to natural gas using a compressed natural gas (CNG) delivery solution was an Australian first that could change how gas was delivered right across Australia.

“For the Coalition Government to continue the roll-out of natural gas to regional communities such as Lakes Entrance and Orbost, a new approach was needed,” Mr Bull said.

“The Deputy Premier and Regional Development Victoria have worked in consultation with industry to come up with this unique CNG delivery solution which will deliver a constant supply of gas to households.

“The Coalition Government’s CNG delivery solution has other communities and state governments right across Australia looking on with keen interest.

“The beauty of this system is the community will receive the same level of service as those connected to the broader gas pipeline grid, with this system also having the potential to be connected to the wider gas grid at a later stage.”

Mr Ryan said Brookfield would begin constructing the required infrastructure to begin the roll-out of natural gas to regional Victoria before the end of the year.

He told local businesses and community groups that works are expected to begin in both Lakes Entrance and Orbost by the middle of next year and at this stage would likely be completed by the middle of 2016.

“Following discussions with Brookfield we are confident that works to connect Lakes Entrance and Orbost will begin in little over six months from now, once detailed design work has been finalised,” Mr Ryan said.

“The community can be confident that if everything proceeds as planned Lakes Entrance and Orbost will be connected to reticulated natural gas in less than two years.

“The Nationals, working as part of a strong Coalition Government, always put the interests of our regional communities first and foremost and we will continue to be a strong voice for our local communities such as Lakes Entrance and Orbost.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Heathcote to be cooking with gas by the end of 2016

* * - Friday, October 03, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier visits Heathcote to discuss the roll-out of natural gas
  • Natural gas to be connected by the end of 2016
  • Victorian Coalition Government delivers its election commitment to connect Heathcote to reticulated natural gas

Residents and businesses in Heathcote will be connected to reticulated natural gas by the end of 2016.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan visited Heathcote earlier this week to discuss the roll-out of natural gas with local businesses and community groups.

Mr Ryan was joined by The Nationals Member for Rodney Paul Weller, The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan and Liberal candidate for Euroa Tony Schneider.

Mr Ryan said Heathcote would be connected using a compressed natural gas delivery solution, an Australian first.

He said Brookfield Infrastructure Group had been selected to deliver the connection, following an $85 million Request for Tender as part of the Coalition Government’s Energy for the Regions Program.

“This announcement is great news for the people of Heathcote,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government said we would connect Heathcote to reticulated natural gas and true to our word, we are now delivering.

“Connecting Heathcote to gas will mean locals won’t have to purchase expensive bottled LPG, with the frustration of running out of gas set to be a thing of the past.

“Having a natural gas connection will encourage more people to move to Heathcote and will help Heathcote attract new business and investment.”

Mr Ryan said the project would involve the installation of a Daughter Station on the outskirts of Heathcote that would store compressed natural gas which would then be piped to homes and businesses.

Mr Ryan said gas would be trucked from a central Mother Station to Heathcote’s Daughter Station, with the gas to be delivered at a price comparable to natural gas supplied through conventional pipelines.

Mr Weller welcomed the investment and said connecting Heathcote to natural gas using a compressed natural gas (CNG) delivery solution was an Australian first that could change how gas was delivered right across Australia.

“For the Coalition Government to continue the roll-out of natural gas to regional communities such as Heathcote, a new approach was needed,” Mr Weller said.

“The Deputy Premier and Regional Development Victoria have worked in consultation with industry to comeup with this unique CNG delivery solution which will deliver a constant supply of gas to households.

“The Coalition Government’s CNG delivery solution has other communities and state governments right across Australia looking on with keen interest.

“The beauty of this system is the community will receive the same level of service as those connected to the broader gas pipeline grid, with this system also having the potential to be connected to the wider gas grid at a later stage.”

Mr Ryan said Brookfield would begin constructing the required infrastructure to begin the roll-out of natural gas to regional Victoria before the end of the year.

He told local businesses and community groups that works are expected to begin in Heathcote in early 2016 and at this stage would be completed by the end of 2016.

“Following discussions with Brookfield we are confident that works will begin in little over 12 months, once detailed design work has been finalised,” Mr Ryan said.

“The local community can be confident that if everything proceeds as planned they will be connected to reticulated natural gas in around two years.

“The Nationals, working as part of a strong Coalition Government, always put the interests of our regional communities first and foremost and we will continue to be a strong voice for our local communities such as Heathcote.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Victoria will be cooking with natural gas

* * - Friday, October 03, 2014

 

  • Agreement reached to supply natural gas to the remaining priority towns
  • Four Murray River communities will also be connected
  • Victorian Coalition Government delivers on its election commitment and more

The Victorian Coalition Government has delivered another key election commitment, with agreement reached to supply piped natural gas to the remaining priority towns under the Energy for The Regions Program, as well as an additional four Murray River communities using a compressed natural gas delivery solution.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan visited Swan Hill earlier this week to announce Brookfield Infrastructure Group has been selected to connect gas to Heathcote, Invermay, Lakes Entrance, Maldon, Marong, Orbost, Terang, Swan Hill, Kerang, Robinvale and Nathalia.

Mr Ryan said the gas connections would be delivered through the Victorian Coalition Government’s $85 million Request for Tender, which included two components: $30 million to connect Murray River communities, comprising $15 million from the Commonwealth’s $100 million Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program and $15 million from Victoria’s Regional Growth Fund; and $55 million from the Regional Growth Fund to supply the remaining priority towns as part of the third stage of the Energy for the Regions Program.

“Today I’m delighted to announce the Coalition Government has successfully negotiated with Brookfield to deliver natural gas to 11 communities,” Mr Ryan said.

“We are now delivering gas to all 14 priority towns announced as part of the Energy for The Regions Program, as well as a further four communities along the Murray River.

“Many doubted our commitment to connect regional communities to gas, led by the Labor Party and their fear mongering regional spokesperson Jacinta Allan who falsely described our plan as a ‘monstrous hoax’.

“I am pleased to announce today that this is no hoax, we have honoured our promise and more, going over and above our brief by reaching agreement to connect an additional four Murray River communities to natural gas.

“True to this government’s track record of success, we have under-promised and over-delivered.”

Deputy Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh joined Mr Ryan in Swan Hill and said connecting these 11 communities to reticulated natural gas using compressed natural gas (CNG) was an Australian first and could provide the future solution to connecting natural gas to other towns across regional Australia.

“While natural gas has historically been transmitted via pipelines from the main grid, the high cost of laying long-distance pipes has meant a different approach was needed if we were to continue rolling out gas across regional and rural Victoria,” Mr Walsh said.

“Brookfield’s proposal will involve initial supply of CNG from its Derrimut facility and the creation of further Mother Stations to compress the gas before it is trucked to Daughter Stations, to be located on the outskirts of town, in each of the 11 communities.

“From the Daughter Stations the gas will be reticulated via pipes to homes at a price comparable to gas supplied through conventional pipelines connected to the grid.

“While applying this delivery method to residential homes is a first, the CNG delivery solution is a proven technology, having been used in industrial settings where the cost of a traditional pipeline has been too high.

“Communities can rest assured, knowing our system will provide the same level of capacity, reliability, safety and convenience for households, small businesses and industry as connecting to conventional piped gas from the grid.

“Today’s announcement is terrific news for regional Victoria, and to be here in Swan Hill today alongside the Deputy Premier to announce two communities in my electorate, Swan Hill and Kerang, will be connected is a great moment.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government and Brookfield wouldn’t waste any time, with work scheduled to begin before the end of the year.

Mr Ryan said reticulated natural gas would be delivered regardless of which side of politics wins November’s election, with the contracts now set in stone.

“Delivering gas to our regional and rural communities is vital to ensure they remain strong,” Mr Ryan said.

“Having a reticulated natural gas connection will attract new forms of industry to town, particularly job creating energy intensive manufacturing enterprises.

“It will also support residents by providing a cheaper, cleaner source of energy, whether that is for heating or cooking.”

Mr Ryan said this week’s announcement followed agreements to deliver conventional piped natural gas to Huntly, Avoca, Bannockburn, Winchelsea, Koo Wee Rup, Warburton and Wandong-Heathcote Junction, as well as the augmentation of Mildura’s gas supply.

“Last month, Huntly became the first town to be connected to Victoria’s natural gas network under Energy for the Regions Program,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $4.5 million project has already connected more than 180 Huntly households to natural gas, with more expected to be connected soon.

“I recently visited Jan and Dale Johnson in Huntly to discuss their new connection and I was extremely pleased to learn that Jan has been able to heat her entire house for the first time, ensuring Huntly’s cold winters are no longer something to dread.

“More importantly the gas connection means Jan can cook her delicious scones in her gas oven without it costing her an arm and a leg.

“Thanks to this significant investment from the Victorian Coalition Government, Jan and Dale’s story will be replicated right across our regions, making all the effort and perseverance to get this project across the line worthwhile.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Poowong Kindergarten wins sustainability award

* * - Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

· Poowong Kindergarten takes out ResourceSmart School Award 2014
· Poowong Kindergarten recognised for its bush tucker sensory garden
· Victorian Coalition Government is helping our schools to become more sustainable

Poowong Kindergarten has been named Victoria’s ResourceSmart kinder of the year.

Poowong Kindergarten and Dunkeld Kindergarten in western Victoria, were announced joint winners of the sustainability prize at a ceremony in Melbourne this week

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan congratulated the Poowong Kindergarten for their efforts.

Mr Ryan acknowledged the work of the staff and children in the creation of a bush tucker sensory garden.

“This project gives the children the opportunity to learn and play and develop a respect for nature, helping them to develop a lifelong appreciation for the environment,” Mr Ryan said.

“In addition to this the Poowong Kindergarten community worked to include sustainable practices into every aspect of their service, further developing socially and environmentally responsible individuals.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government’s ResourceSmart School Awards was Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program for primary and secondary schools, and for the first time this year included an early childhood category. 

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith more than 1,100 early childhood services, primary and secondary schools across Victoria participated in the program this year and saved more than $1.3 million in energy costs. 

“This is part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to invest $8.3 million to help schools adopt better sustainable practices to protect the environment,” Mr Smith said.

Minister for Education Martin Dixon said the Coalition Government’s ResourceSmart School Awards were a great time to recognise our schools who are working smarter to lessen their impact on the local environment.

“The students, staff, parents and community at Poowong Kindergarten should be really proud of their efforts in reducing their environmental footprint,” Mr Dixon said.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell welcomed the new category recognising the sustainability efforts of our youngest Victorians and congratulated Poowong Kindergarten. 

“Poowong Kindergarten has successfully embedded sustainable practises into every aspect of their service,” Ms Lovell said.

“Under the Coalition Government, Victorian children are now learning about nature and the environment from an even earlier age.”

Mr Ryan said Poowong Kindergarten would share in up to $40,000 cash and prizes to help grow their sustainability projects.

For a full list of winners or information about ResourceSmart Schools visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schoolsawards

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

A major boost for recycling at the Kilmany tip

* * - Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

· Victorian Coalition Government invests $105,000 to improve recycling at the Kilmany tip  
· The $210,000 project will see 800 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill
· The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, are building a better regional Victoria

Eight-hundred tonnes of waste otherwise destined for landfill will be recycled, with the Victorian Coalition Government investing more than $100,000 to improve waste and recycling infrastructure at the Kilmany tip.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced a $105,000 investment towards the $210,000 Kilmany tip recycling project, with funding provided through the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund. 

Mr Ryan said Wellington Shire Council would contribute $105,000 towards the project.

“This investment will enable council to extend the Kilmany Resource and Recovery Centre and purchase additional skips for the site, giving the local community better access to recycling facilities,” Mr Ryan said.

“The project will make it easier for council to collect and recover materials, ensuring more waste otherwise destined for landfill can be recovered and reused.

“This investment will see an estimated 800 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill, providing positive environmental and social benefits for our local community.”

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said 31 transfer stations and resource recovery centres across regional Victoria would share in $2.25 million in funding through the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund.

“Once the upgrades are implemented, these 31 transfer stations will recover an additional 4,600 tonnes of materials each year, bringing recovery levels up to more than 18,000 tonnes a year,” Mr Smith said.

“That is the equivalent of 460 trucks loads of rubbish that would have been sent to landfill being recycled.”

Mr Ryan said more information on the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund was available online at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

A boost for recycling at the Koonwarra tip

* * - Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

· Victorian Coalition Government invests $18,200 to improve recycling at the Koonwarra tip  
· The $36,400 project will see 50 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill
· The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, are building a better regional Victoria

Fifty tonnes of waste otherwise destined for landfill will be recycled or resold, with the Victorian Coalition Government investing more than $18,000 to improve waste and recycling infrastructure at the Koonwarra tip.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced an $18,200 investment towards the $36,400 recycling project at the Koonwarra tip, with funding provided through the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund. 

Mr Ryan said South Gippsland Shire Council would contribute $18,200 towards the project.

“This investment will enable council to build an enclosed shed and resale shop, improving recycling facilities at the Koonwarra tip,” Mr Ryan said.

“The project will make it easier for council to collect and recover materials, ensuring more waste otherwise destined for landfill can be recovered and reused or resold.

“This investment will see an estimated 50 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill, providing positive environmental and social benefits for our local community.”

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said 31 transfer stations and resource recovery centres across regional Victoria would share in $2.25 million in funding through the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund.

“Once the upgrades are implemented, these 31 transfer stations will recover an additional 4,600 tonnes of materials each year, bringing recovery levels up to more than 18,000 tonnes a year,” Mr Smith said.

“That is the equivalent of 460 trucks loads of rubbish that would have been sent to landfill being recycled.”

Mr Ryan said more information on the Coalition Government’s Rural and Regional Transfer Station Upgrade Fund was available online at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404


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