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ANZAC Day message

* * - Thursday, April 24, 2014

• Gippslanders encouraged to attend a local service
• Students have an opportunity to enter the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize
• Grants available to honour and share stories

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan encouraged Gippslanders to pay tribute to the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, while also commemorating a century of service by Australian servicemen and women this ANZAC Day.

Mr Ryan said 2014 marked 100 years since the start of the First World War.

“The ANZAC centenary will enrich our understanding of the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women during the First World War and by members of the Australia Defence Force who continue to serve around the world,” Mr Ryan said.

“It is through the First World War campaign that the spirit of ANZAC with its qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice was born.

“That same ANZAC spirit is alive today. Evidently, more than 42,000 Australians have applied to attend the Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015, marking 100 years since the landing of ANZAC troops during the First World War.”

Mr Ryan said for Australia, the First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of casualties.

“From a population of less than five million, more than 400,000 men enlisted, of which more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner,” he said.

“In each capital city and every country town there is a memorial reminding us that those servicemen and women paid the price in sacrifice so that we can now enjoy today and every day in peace and freedom.”

Mr Ryan said grants of up to $20,000 were now available from the Victorian Liberal National Coalition to honour and share the stories of those First World War servicemen and women. The grants will be available on an ongoing basis over the period of the Anzac Centenary (2014-2018) and applications for the current round need to be submitted by 10 June 2014.

“Projects could include establishing new war memorials, organising or enhancing local ANZAC Day commemorative events during the centenary period and publishing books that educate the community about Victoria’s contribution to the war effort,” he said.

Mr Ryan said the grants will be available on an ongoing basis over the period of the Anzac Centenary (2014-2018) and applications for the current round need to be submitted by 10 June 2014.

“Young Victorians with an interest in the history of the ANZACs are encouraged to enter the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize which provides 12 students with the opportunity to participate in an overseas study tour to Gallipoli and the Western Front.

“Regional finalists also have the chance to tour a significant Australian location and will be invited to attend lunch with the Premier.”

Mr Ryan said the competition was open to all Victorian students currently enrolled in year nine or 10 with entries in a number of formats including essays, stories, websites and video presentations now being accepted.

“On Friday 25 April, communities in Gippsland will gather to remember those who gave their lives, those who returned home from war ill or maimed and those who have lived with the terrible memories of their war experiences,” he said.

“ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

“While commemorating the ANZAC centenary, I encourage Gippslanders to consider the families whose loved ones have never returned from war or conflict and spare a thought for the personal sacrifice they are now enduring.”

To apply for the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize or ANZAC centenary grants visit: www.dpc.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 366 356.

For information on ANZAC Day services contact your local RSL or shire offices.

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

Sale Police Station construction on-track

* * - Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • Deputy Premier inspects works at site of new Sale Police Station
  • New station on track to be complete by March next year
  • Coalition Government to roll-out Tasers to six Gippsland police stations

Construction of the new Sale Police Station is on-track to be completed by March next year, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

Mr Ryan joined Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien today to inspect the site of the new Sale Police Station, which is being built thanks to an  $18.2 million Victorian Coalition Government investment.

“Development at the site has moved ahead over the past month, with significant works having now been completed,” Mr Ryan said.

“The concrete slab has been poured, prefabricated steel police cells have been installed and cranes are currently on-site to position the structural steel.

“Works have so far proceeded without delay or incident, meaning we are on-track to deliver this project by March next year.”

Mr Ryan said the new station would provide accommodation for a uniform branch, criminal investigation unit, highway patrol, police prosecutors, sexual offences and child abuse investigation team, and the Police Service Area Commander.

During today’s inspection, Mr Ryan also welcomed the announcement that six Gippsland police stations, including Sale, would be included as part of the Coalition Government’s $13.5 million roll-out of Tasers to all 24 hour police stations across regional Victoria.

“The Coalition Government is providing funding to roll-out 580 new Tasers to 29 regional areas including police stations at Sale, Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, Bairnsdale and Warragul,” Mr Ryan said.

 “Tasers will be provided to officers on two-person general duties, highway patrol, special operations groups and critical incident response teams.

“The roll-out follows successful trials which have been carried-out in six major regional centres, including Bendigo, Morwell, Traralgon, Moe, Geelong and Ballarat.”

Mr O’Brien also welcomed the Coalition Government’s Taser announcement and said the roll-out was a major investment in community safety right across Gippsland.

“Gippsland police are required to respond to violent and dangerous situations involving people who are affected by drugs or alcohol, or who are at risk of causing harm to police, the local community or themselves,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This $13.5 million investment will provide Gippsland police officers with an alternative to firearms, helping them to manage complex situations and minimise the risk of serious injury or death.”

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said the Coalition Government was investing record levels of funding in Victoria Police, enabling them to keep communities safer.

“The Coalition Government is on track to fulfilling its commitment to deliver 1700 additional frontline police by November this year at a cost of $602 million, the single largest law enforcement recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history," Mr Wells said.

Mr Wells said the use of Tasers was subject to stringent Victoria Police controls, which include the review of all incidents where a Taser has been used. Police officers will be required to undertake training to ensure weapons are used correctly.

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

 

Record attendance at Regional Victoria Living Expo

* * - Thursday, April 17, 2014
 
  • The Regional Victoria Living Expo attracted 9,638 Melburnians with a genuine interest in moving to regional and rural Victoria
  • About 2,000 people had their details electronically collected by exhibitors
  • The Expo is an ongoing Victorian Coalition Government initiative to drive population and investment into regional and rural Victoria

A new record of 9,638 Melburnians attended the 2014 Regional Victoria Living Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last weekend, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said today.

Mr Ryan said the record numbers reflected growing interest amongst Melburnians to move to regional and rural Victoria, with the expo having grown steadily since beginning in 2012.

“Feedback from the 147 exhibitors at the event was that visitors this year were even more serious about relocating to country Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

“Many regional councils reported that Melburnians attending had done their homework and asked very specific questions about the regions and the towns they intend to move to.

“The regional councils felt this year’s event would see the effort from the previous two years pay off as potential new country residents put the pieces in place for their move.

“Visitors asked about how to get quality jobs in their respective fields; about affordable housing, education, health and community life – questions indicating they are serious about relocating to the regions.”

Southern Grampians Shire Council Manager Economic Development and Tourism Hugh Koch said there were clear economic benefits in luring city residents to his region.

“A family moving to our region is worth around $90,000 a year to the local economy,” Mr Koch said.

“If we can get three to five families a year moving into the area, we’re more than happy with that – and the Expo is delivering that for us.

“If four families a year move for the next five years, that adds up to around an extra 1.8 million dollars into our local economy.”

Mildura Rural City Council Business Event Facilitator & Special Projects Julie Jewell said the level of interest in moving had increased in the expo visitors.

“Last year people were looking for a destination, and this year people know exactly where they want to move – we feel like it is a culmination of the three years of work we have put in, with each building on the last and becoming more targeted each time,” Ms Jewell said.

“We had 25 people keen to visit, many of whom are genuinely interested in moving.

“We really value the support from the Victorian Coalition Government and are very keen for the Expo to continue in forthcoming years.”

Ararat Rural City CEO Andrew Evans said a Smartphone App launched at the expo was already doing well.

“The App gives people access to a whole range of information about Ararat – we only made it available yesterday and we had 60 downloads by halfway through day two,” Mr Evans said.

“That’s 60 people with ongoing access to a whole lot of information about our area.”

A 2012 report found that by supporting growth in the regions we can help reduce the estimated $95 billion in cumulative congestion costs associated with expanding Melbourne’s outer-metropolitan areas over the next 20 years.

For example, the cumulative cost of providing critical infrastructure to support an additional 50,000 persons in the Regional Cities is $1 billion; this compares with inefficiency costs of $3.1 billion associated with the same number of persons being accommodated in metropolitan Melbourne.

“Basing population in the regions greatly reduces the strain on city services and infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“Relocating house is a big step, and people undertaking it deserve support.”

“Exhibitors at the Expo this year provided visitors with information tailored to their needs including current job opportunities and the chance to match them up with existing or new businesses setting up in the regions.

“It also proves that the Coalition Government’s Good Move campaign, created to showcase the benefits of regional living, spurs city dwellers to genuinely consider a move to the country.

“Positive interaction between councils – promoting the best of their wares as a region – made a big difference to attracting greater interest among people genuinely interested to move.”

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

Three local sports clubs receive $1,000 uniform boost

* * - Thursday, April 10, 2014

 

  • Wildcats, Suns and Demons receive $1,000 uniform boost
  • Another barrier to participation has been removed
  • Victorian Coalition Government is making sport more accessible

Woodside and District Football Netball Club, Southern Suns Junior Football Club and Yarram Netball Club each received $1,000 from the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government to purchase new uniforms.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced the three local clubs would each receive the $1,000 boost through the latest round of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

“Uniforms are a significant investment for local sporting clubs and by assisting with the cost of purchasing new uniforms, we are removing one barrier for participation,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $1,000 Coalition Government grants will enable the three clubs to purchase new uniforms for their members, ensuring everyone is kitted out for the new season.

“Whether it’s the colours of the Wildcats, Suns or Demons, each of these clubs will be looking their best in 2014.

“These three clubs play an important role in ensuring the communities of Yarram and Woodside remain active and healthy and we are proud to support them with this important investment.

“The funding boost also comes a perfect time for Yarram Netball Club, as it embarks on its first season in the North Gippsland Football Netball League, after moving across from the Alberton Football Netball League.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said since 2011, more than 2,000 clubs had benefitted from the Coalition Government’s Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

“Team uniforms are more than just colours; they represent local sporting traditions and community pride,” Mr Drum said.

“By removing an extra cost burden on sporting clubs these grants keep sport affordable for families and more accessible to all. That is why we are proud to deliver the Sporting Uniform Grants Program to create a more active Victoria.”

Mr Ryan encouraged other local clubs to apply for funding support to purchase uniforms through the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

He said clubs interested in applying could contact his office in Sale on 5144 1987, or visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/sporting-uniforms-grants, to obtain further information and application forms.

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

 

Sale Golf Club set for new uniforms

* * - Thursday, April 10, 2014
  • Sale Golf Club receive $1,000 uniform boost
  • Successful Ladies Pennant Team will look its best for upcoming season
  • Victorian Coalition Government is making sport more accessible

The Sale Golf Club Ladies Pennant Team will be kitted out in new shirts for the upcoming season thanks to a $1,000 uniform grant from the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced the Sale Golf Club would receive the $1,000 boost through the latest round of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

“Uniforms are a significant investment for local sporting clubs and by assisting with the cost of purchasing new uniforms, we are removing one barrier for participation,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $1,000 Coalition Government grant will enable the Sale Golf Club to purchase new uniforms for Ladies Pennant Team.

“The Sale Golf Club Ladies Pennant Team has achieved a significant success in the East Gippsland Women’s Golf Association, claiming the Ladies Division 1 title for the past three years.

“Despite their success, the team has struggled to find a shirt sponsor.  This grant will ensure the team is looking its best, without its players being out of pocket.”

Sale Golf Club ladies captain Pam Schaper said the club was thrilled to receive the Coalition Government grant, which would provide shirts for the club’s 25 pennant representatives.

“We are very excited to receive the grant, it is the first time we have applied for it and it is fantastic we got it, “Mrs Schaper said.

“When you represent your club it is nice to be able to look like a team, and hopefully we will play like one too.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said since 2011, more than 2,000 clubs had benefitted from the Coalition Government’s Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

“Team uniforms are more than just colours; they represent local sporting traditions and community pride,” Mr Drum said.

“By removing an extra cost burden on sporting clubs these grants keep sport affordable for families and more accessible to all. That is why we are proud to deliver the Sporting Uniform Grants Program to create a more active Victoria.”

Mr Ryan encouraged other local clubs across Gippsland to apply for funding support to purchase uniforms through the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

He said clubs interested in applying could contact his office in Sale on 5144 1987, or visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/sporting-uniforms-grants, to obtain further information and application forms.

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

 

 

 

Festival celebrates community inclusiveness

* * - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

 

·        Free events to bring community together at Easter Tarra Festival
·        Support Gippsland producers by enjoying local food and beverages
·        Activities for children at the Family Fun Day at Won Wron

A festival that was first run on a budget of just $15 in 1972 will be held in the Yarram area for the 42nd consecutive year this Easter, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

“The Tarra Festival is a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate this fantastic area of Gippsland and all the things that make it great,” Mr Ryan said.

“The festival is co-ordinated by a dedicated team of volunteers from local service groups and community organisations with the aim of creating a program that appeals to all ages.”

Mr Ryan said a prominent feature of the festival each year was Saturday’s street parade.

“Floats entered in the street parade will follow this year’s theme of ‘A taste of country’,” Mr Ryan said.

“For the first time, a mobility scooters category has been added to the parade and a feature from the first parade, the pram category, will make a return.”

Mr Ryan said it was pleasing that Gippsland produced food and beverages, including products from Grand Ridge Brewery and Wild Dog Winery, would be available at the festival.

“When the regions are thriving, Victoria thrives so it’s important that farmers and regional producers are supported so they can continue to contribute to our local economy in the many ways they currently do,” Mr Ryan said.

One of the festival organisers Kim Hutton said the committee had worked hard this year to include an event for everyone.

“If you’ve never attended the festival before, this is the year that I urge you to attend,” Ms Hutton said.

“The program includes a free concert in the park, the Family Fun Day, markets, tai chi, a golf stableford, children’s activities, bush walking, history and open garden displays and a social dance to encourage everyone to spend some time in Yarram this Easter.

“Many of the activities from the first festival are still on the program, which shows how much the community does enjoy and support the event.”

Ms Hutton said for the first time this year, Easter church services had been incorporated into the event program.

For more information or to view the program, visit: www.tarrafestival.com.au/

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

New Poowong CFA Station open for business

* * - Monday, April 07, 2014
  • Deputy Premier opens new Poowong CFA station
  • Local firefighters can better protect lives and save property from the threat of fire
  • Coalition Government is delivering record investments in regional and rural infrastructure

The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government has invested more than $400,000 to build a new CFA station at Poowong, increasing the capacity of local firefighters to protect lives and save property from the threat of fire.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Poowong today to open the new $434,000 Poowong CFA station.

“The Coalition Government is proud to support CFA members by providing them with the facilities and equipment they need to save lives and property,” Mr Ryan said. 

“This new, modern three-bay fire station has improved meeting and training facilities.

“It also provides space for the brigade’s response trailer, which was previously housed at a brigade member’s property.

“The new Poowong CFA station will ensure the Poowong Fire Brigade is well equipped to perform its critical work now and into the future.”

Mr Ryan said the new CFA station would help attract and boost membership at the unit, which has 37 members who attend about 60 calls each year.

“The Poowong Fire Brigade has provided an invaluable service to the communities of Poowong, Loch and Nyora since it was formed 132 years ago,” Mr Ryan said.

“It has played a vital role in protecting the local community and the people of Victoria during some of the state’s biggest fires, including the Black Saturday fires in 2009.

“The Coalition Government is proud of the vital work performed by the CFA and we will continue to support them.”

Mr Ryan said the new Poowong CFA station had been funded through the Rural Fire Station project and highlighted the Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to build and upgrade rural fire stations.

“Since 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $1.84 billion,” Mr Ryan said.

 “This financial year the CFA Budget is $446 million, $47 million more than what was provided by the former Labor Government during its last year in office.

“We have also invested more than $125 million over the past three years to build 250 new or upgraded CFA stations across the state, a record infrastructure investment for the CFA.

“The Liberal Nationals Coalition Government’s record investment is strengthening Victoria’s emergency services.”

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

 

Gippsland Vehicle Collection celebrates 10 years of motoring in Maffra

* * - Friday, April 04, 2014

  • Gippsland Vehicle Collection celebrates 10 successful years
  • More than 70,000 enthusiasts have visited
  • Display vehicles are regularly changed over

More than 70,000 car enthusiasts have admired displays at the Gippsland Vehicle Collection in Maffra since the group first formed 10 years ago.

Speaking at the museum’s 10th birthday celebration today, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the collection provided a significant economic benefit to the Maffra community.

“In April 2004, the decision was made to try and establish a motoring museum for Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said.

“The group signed a lease for this property with Murray Goulburn in December 2004 and the members set about creating a home for what would one day become the Gippsland Vehicle Collection.

“Over the following two-year period, the group raised $80,000 by holding vehicle displays and participating in the Maffra Mardi Gras to transform the facility into the magnificent collection it is today.”

Mr Ryan said the Gippsland Vehicle Collection has showcased between 70 and 120 cars and motorcycles at once and has successfully operated out of the Maffra Shed since its inception in October 2006.

“More than 70,000 visitors have visited the collection since its opening in 2006 and in 2010, it attracted 10,000 visitors in one year for the first time,” Mr Ryan said.

“The majority of vehicles in the collection are privately owned and leased or loaned to the club and this unique element allows the collection to be regularly changed to reflect a new theme, such as cars of the 1970s, Holdens, Fords, American-made or British-made vehicles.”

Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull said the collection is a fantastic community asset for Maffra and the wider Gippsland community.

"Having taken my own family, I can attest to what a great experience a visit to the museum is, and I encourage local residents and visitors alike to check out the collection," Mr Bull said.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870

Gippsland produce takes a major step forward

* * - Friday, April 04, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The $35.4 million Food to Asia Action Plan will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 

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