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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

Coalition Government building a better Gippsland

* * - Friday, May 09, 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



$80,000 in prizes on offer for best school gardens

* * - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

 

·        Victorian Schools Garden Awards promote biodiversity and sustainability
·        $80,000 in prizes for the best and most innovative primary and secondary school gardens
·        Coalition Government is building better education beyond the  traditional classroom

The search for Victoria’s best and most innovative school garden is on with entries for the 2014 Schools Garden Awards now being accepted.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the awards were a great way for students to learn about recycling, reducing waste and limiting their waste consumption away from a typical classroom environment.

“Over many years, these awards, run by Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria, have encouraged generations of children to get out of the classroom and into the garden to increase their understanding of biodiversity and sustainability,” Mr Ryan said.

“The awards provide schools with a way to get students out of the classroom and learn how to design, grow maintain and harvest their own gardens.”

Mr Ryan said he would be thrilled to see a school from Gippsland announced as a winner of one of the categories.

“There are four categories that encompass schools ranging from less than 100 pupils through to those who have more than 280 pupils as well as a category for secondary and P-12 (primary to year 12) colleges,” he said.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government has contributed $55,000 to the $80,000 prize pool, which includes nursery vouchers and four separate turf and installation packages.

“A new seedling grants scheme is also on offer this year to get applicant schools started with their gardens,” Mr Ryan said.

The Victorian Schools Garden Awards program is now open to all Victorian schools, public and non-government and closes on 1 August. Winners will be announced later in the year at a ceremony in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

For more information on how to enter, visit: www.schoolsgardenawards.org.au.  

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

 

 

 

Coalition funds 16 recycling bins in Korumburra

* * - Thursday, April 03, 2014

  • 16 new bins will reduce landfill in Korumburra by 30 tonnes
  • $30,000 provided by Coalition to South Gippsland Shire Council
  • Educating the community about recycling

About 30 tonnes of recyclable items each year can now be diverted away from landfill in Korumburra thanks to the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government’s Regional Public Place Recycling Grants.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Coalition Government will provide $30,000 for South Gippsland Shire Council to install 16 recycling stations in Korumburra’s Main Street.

“A total of $815,000 has been allocated to 22 regional Victoria projects through this program, which aims to make it easier for people to dispose of their rubbish and recyclable materials correctly,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government has set a target to improve the littering behaviour of Regional Victorians by 25 per cent by the end of this year compared with figures recorded in 2003.”

Mr Ryan said accessible recycling bins with education signage outlining what items are recyclable will make it easier for people to do the right thing.

“These bins will also educate the community about the types of items that are able to be recycled to reduce landfill in Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the installation of the bins in Korumburra would help reduce unsightly litter while creating a safer and healthier environment for regional Victorians.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870

Regional Growth Fund support to complete Morwell Town Common redevelopment

* * - Friday, March 21, 2014
  • New pathways, play area, seating, BBQ, landscaping and carparking for Morwell Town Common
    • Victorian Coalition Government contributes $250,000 
  • Coalition Government building better public spaces for local communities

A new play area, pathways, seating, barbeque and picnic tables will be installed at the Morwell Town Common as part of a $375,000 redevelopment project, which is receiving support from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Speaking at the project site today alongside Member for Morwell Russell Northe, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan announced the Coalition Government would invest $250,000 to complete the project.

“As well as the new park infrastructure, extensive landscaping will also be carried out including re-vegetation, development of new sensory features and planting of shade trees in existing playgrounds,” Mr Ryan said.

“The funding will also be used to complete construction of the western car park, off Chapel Street, further increasing accessibility to this much loved facility.”

Mr Northe said he was extremely proud that The Nationals, as part of Coalition Government, were able to deliver this important community project.

“For almost a decade local organisations, including Advance Morwell and the Rotary Club of Morwell, have called for improvements to the Morwell Town Common and for years the former Labor Government failed to fund it,” Mr Northe said.

“The Coalition Government, through our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, is delivering for Morwell and Latrobe Valley families and businesses.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund we have so far invested more than $16 million to support over 50 projects across the Latrobe Valley, leveraging almost $50 million in total investment.

“This includes the $15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund, which has so far invested around $10 million and created almost 400 new jobs.”

Mr North said the Morwell Town Common project would be managed by funding partner Latrobe City Council, which contributed $125,000.

He said works would be carried out between school holidays to ensure minimal disruption to park users, with the project scheduled to be completed by June 2015.

Mr Ryan said the project was another example of the Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund working in partnership with local government to invest in important local infrastructure projects.

“The Regional Growth Fund is creating new jobs and delivering much needed infrastructure in regional communities by investing in projects that may otherwise not have come to fruition,” Mr Ryan said.

“Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $394 million to support almost 1,400 projects across regional and rural Victoria, leveraging $1.57 billion in total investment.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Return of cattle to High Country approved

* * - Friday, March 07, 2014

• Liberal National Coalition pleased to see grazing trial reinstated
• Cattle to return to High Country within weeks
• Trial provides a common sense approach to dealing with Alpine bushfire risk

Planning that will see the return of cattle in the Alpine National Park to evaluate the benefits of grazing to bushfire management is now underway after the Commonwealth Government approved a strategic trial this week.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the grazing trial, that must follow strict conditions set by the federal government, would begin as soon as possible.

“The community only has to look at this bushfire season to be reminded why the Victorian Liberal National Coalition continued to push for a grazing trial that will thoroughly evaluate this practice and its suitability as a bushfire management tool,” Mr Ryan said.

“It is necessary that this trial take place to determine whether grazing reduces the risk of bushfires by removing fuel loads.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was pleased to see the federal government take a common sense approach to tackling fire risk in Alpine areas.

“A high proportion of regional Victorians support cattle grazing in National Parks to reduce the fuel load, so it’s fantastic to see that cattle will now return to the High Country,” Mr Ryan said.

“The first phase of the trial will see 60 cattle released into the Wonnangatta Valley with up to 300 released in the two subsequent grazing seasons,” Mr Ryan said.

“The trial will take place on 262 hectares of land within the boundaries of the former Wonnangatta Station, which was grazed for more than 100 years, before it was acquired as part of the Alpine National Park.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government last year exceeded the planned burning target of 250,000 hectares and was proud of the bushfire mitigation efforts it had so far undertaken.

“That figure is five times greater than when Labor was in government, which got down as low as 50,000 hectares more than once,” Mr Ryan said.

For further information, visit www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/epbc/epbc_ap.pl?name=current_referral_detail&proposal_id=7069

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

Local groups share in $26,000 to conserve the natural environment

* * - Friday, February 21, 2014

A program to treat mange in wombats and two vegetation recovery projects will share in more than $26,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Communities for Nature grants program.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Communities for Nature grants helped environmental groups to undertake practical grassroots programs that conserved local areas.

“It gives me great pleasure to provide funding to three local groups that will use the grants to carry out works in Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said.

“Gippsland is a magnificent area of Victoria and I’m thrilled that these three groups, among many others, are looking after the natural environment so it can be enjoyed by locals and visitors.”

The local recipients are:

* 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.


“More than 380 applications were received for this round of grants, and the high quality of applications reflects the significant works being carried out by community groups throughout the state,” Mr Ryan said.

“I congratulate these groups on their initiative and commitment to our environment and encourage other organisations throughout the electorate to access this in the future.”

Mr Ryan said the local recipients were among 115 groups across the state to share in $4.1 million of funding that would be rolled out over two years.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the Coalition Government’s most recent $4.1 million grant round delivered practical partnerships between government, community and environmental groups.

“After 11 years, Labor left Victoria’s ecosystem with a legacy of waste and mismanagement,” Mr Smith said.

“Across the life of the Communities for Nature grants program, the environment will benefit to the tune of $20 million.

“These grants are another example of the Coalition Government’s ability to deliver real and tangible support to local communities that directly benefit the environment.”

To find out more about the Communities for Nature grants, phone Mr Ryan’s Sale office on 5144 1987.

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

Tidal River Open Air Cinema to go digital

* * - Friday, January 17, 2014

 

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.

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


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