* Volunteer Group of Wildlife Carers – Treatment of mange in wombats - $14,114;
* Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park – Mountain Ash Recovery project - $7,831; and
* Point Smythe Co-op – Cape Liptrap Coastal Park Banksia Woodland Restoration - $4,692.
The Victorian Coalition Government is investing $28,000 from its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to buy a new digital projector for the Tidal River Open Air Cinema.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the new equipment would be used by East Coast Cinemas Pty Ltd (ECC) to provide a modern tourism experience for visitors of Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Mr Ryan said Parks Victoria had an agreement with ECC enabling them to screen the latest films for patrons of the Tidal River Open Air Cinema.
“Feature films are no longer made on 35mm reel and are now available in digital format only, which has made ECC’s current projection equipment out-of-date,” Mr Ryan said.
“This funding will allow ECC to purchase new projection equipment and once installed, ECC can continue to run a normal screening season.
“The improvement in film quality may also result in an increase of overall visits to the area which in turn will boost the local economy.”
Mr Ryan said ECC had been the cinema operator for more than 40 years, providing holiday makers with evening entertainment throughout that time.
“In the peak holiday period Tidal River has a resident camping population of at least 2,000 people and the area is visited by more than 7,000 holiday makers during the season,” Mr Ryan said.
“In addition, Tidal River is a regular school camp destination with up to 400 students per week attending camps with ECC’s screenings often a popular part of the camps.
“Importantly, the cinema also serves the local primary and secondary schools.”
Mr Ryan said ECC would create a website about the Open Air Cinema that would link to and from the Parks Victoria website and Twitter and Facebook pages and could be viewed via mobile phone.
“East Coast Cinemas is confident this will give the company more penetration into the area creating even more visits to the cinema and the region,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Coalition Government is pleased to support this $38,000 project through its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund with ECC to contribute the balance of $10,000.
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Gippsland’s reputation as an attractive tourist destination will be enhanced with the Victorian Coalition Government to provide $600,000 towards the completion of the final section of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, funded through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has congratulated four local schools on receiving a Victorian Coalition Government grant to help reduce energy use and promote sustainability practices.
“Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Loch Primary School, Poowong Consolidated and South Gippsland Specialist School were selected for an Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) grant due to their efforts in environment preservation,” Mr Ryan said.
“These grants will assist schools to carry out energy audits and install equipment such as energy efficient light bulbs, door and window draught seals, small wind generators or to replace less energy efficient appliances.”
Mr Ryan said the grants can also be used for energy efficiency training for staff or for guest speakers to provide knowledge and motivation to staff and students.
“The grants are a great way to encourage Victorian schools to join ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic and to support schools in adopting sustainable practices,” Mr Ryan said.
“The program is part of the Coalition Government’s Energy Efficiency Grants Program for Victorian Schools and round 1000 schools are now involved in the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program.
“AuSSI engages participants in a whole-of-school approach to improve the management of resources and facilities including energy, waste, water, biodiversity, landscape design, products and materials.”
The Energy Efficiency Grants Program is a joint partnership between the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and Sustainability Victoria.
For more information about the Energy Efficiency Grants Program and ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic, go to the Environmental Sustainability area at www.education.vic.gov.au or www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schools.
Burra Foods at Korumburra will embark on a $20 million water saving project and plant expansion with the help of $1.5 million from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the water recycling and wastewater treatment project would pave the way for an expansion of the plant, which will allow Burra Foods to produce infant formula.
“The project will secure 101 jobs at the plant and create an estimated 26 new jobs as well as new jobs on farms and in supply chain businesses,” Mr Ryan said.
“These additional jobs will boost the regional economy through worker’s wages as well as contract fees to suppliers.
“This project will deliver improved water quality and security, and reduce demand on the town water supply by at least 165 megalitres, or 62 per cent, per year. Wastewater discharges to South Gippsland Water’s wastewater treatment plant will drop by at least 60 per cent.
“Recycling water and reducing wastewater provides significant benefits to the wider community.
“The project is a substantial investment in the region, with Burra Foods investing $20.461 million in the water initiatives and the expansion of its Nutritional Milk Powder Division. Further investment in the Nutritional Milk Powder Division is likely from 2016.
“The investment will also boost Burra Foods’ export sales, secure the future of existing regional businesses and make the dairy sector more sustainable and resilient.”
Mr Ryan said the Infant Formula Water Initiatives Project involves fabricating and installing:
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan is encouraging local councils, community groups and business associations to apply for up to $110,000 through the Victorian Coalition Government‟s Resilient Community Program.
Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government‟s $1.5 million Resilient Community Program would assist regional and rural communities to build their capacity to tackle hazards including bushfires, floods and storm surges.
“Communities throughout Gippsland face unique challenges and a „one-size-fits-all‟ approach is not appropriate – in fact, some communities face multiple hazards throughout the course of a year,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Resilient Community Program, which replaces the Fire Ready Communities Grants program, provides funding for community-led projects to assist residents to better prepare for, withstand and recover from natural disasters and other hazards.
“It is local people who know what it takes to make their communities safer, better informed and more prepared to tackle the impact of these hazards.”
Mr Ryan said the Resilient Community Program would provide funding for:
Mr Ryan said funded projects would build community confidence to share the responsibility of handling emergencies with the government, community and business sectors.
“The Fire Ready Communities parent program has funded a number of local community projects over the past two years, programs which will continue to be funded under the Resilient Community Program,” Mr Ryan said.
Local councils, community groups and business associations that are interested in applying should contact the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation office on 5174 9233.
Ballarat’s popular Armstrong Street will receive a $1 million makeover to ensure better interaction between pedestrians, who come to enjoy the cafes, bars and gourmet food destinations, and vehicle traffic.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan today visited Armstrong Street to announce that the Victorian Coalition Government would contribute $500,000 towards the Armstrong Street makeover - from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Mr Ryan said Armstrong Street was one of Ballarat CBD’s busiest streets and the planned upgrades would add to its growing reputation as a lifestyle precinct.
“Armstrong Street is one of Ballarat’s most important thoroughfares and this project will ensure more harmonious interaction between the pedestrians who come to enjoy the many cultural and culinary offerings and vehicle traffic,” Mr Ryan said.
“Revitalising the streetscape will also help attract new business to the area, including the laneway bars and cafes that contribute to the desirable lifestyle on offer in Ballarat.
“It will also benefit longstanding tenants including the popular Stockade Cellars, The Forge Pizzeria and Gemmola’s bakery.”
Mr Ryan said works would include:
Mr Ryan said the streetscape works would be carried out along Armstrong Street between Sturt Street and Mair Street, and supported improvement works previously carried out on Armstrong Street, north of Mair Street.
“The improvement works were identified in the City of Ballarat’s CBD strategy as a high priority project and the Coalition Government is proud to support this worthwhile initiative,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said in addition to the Coalition Government’s $500,000 contribution, the City of Ballarat would provide a further $587,194 towards the total project cost.
“This project is a great example of the Coalition Government working with local council to deliver important local projects,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – which has been set aside for regional and rural spending – supports major strategic infrastructure and community led local initiatives that improve both the competitiveness and liveability of regional and rural Victoria, creating more jobs and better career opportunities.”
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