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Regional Growth Fund honours Vietnam Veterans

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • Deputy Premier inspects progress of Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk 
  • $1 billion Regional Growth Fund provided $243,000 for stage three of the project 
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better Victoria

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan yesterday inspected progress of the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund had invested $243,000 in the third and final stage of the project, which was nearing completion.

“The memorial, once completed, will be a poignant reminder of the sacrifice many Australians made in Vietnam,” Mr Ryan said.

“We also expect the walk to draw tourists into the Seymour region, creating vital jobs locally.”

Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said the project created an important monument that would honour the more than 60,000 Australians who served in Vietnam.

“Of those 60,000 who served, 3000 were wounded, 521 lost their lives and those who did return often received a hostile reception due to the controversial nature of the Vietnam War,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk will be an important monument and a place for quiet reflection on the sacrifice made by Australia’s Vietnam servicemen and women.

“The stage three works include the installation of military artefacts and lighting, wall panels to honour recipients of the Victoria Cross, the construction of two car parks, extra landscaping, paving, footpaths and drainage.”

Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish said the overall project would be completed at a cost in excess of $2.5 million and with significant in-kind input from the Mitchell Shire Council and the local community.

“Stages one and two of the project have been completed at a cost of $1.7 million and include the construction of the Luscombe Bowl and Memorial Cairn (stage one) and construction of the Commemorative Wall (stage two),” Ms McLeish said.

“This project is wonderful example of the Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund working with local government and community organisations to deliver local projects nominated by the community, not dreamed up by some politician in Melbourne.

“I thank and congratulate our stage three project partners, including Mitchell Shire Council for providing $100,000, in-kind support, Mitchell Sub Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia for contributing $81,000 and the Commonwealth Government for providing $500,000.”

Mr Ryan said the Regional Growth Fund was investing in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria.

“Since it was established in 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has delivered more than $400 million, generating around $1.6 billion in total investment across more than 1,440 projects,” Mr Ryan said.

During his visit to Seymour Mr Ryan also met with local businesses, toured the Visitor Information Centre and met with the Seymour Football Netball Club.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

$1 billion Regional Growth Fund transforms Nyora Community Hall

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • Deputy Premier announces $255,000 funding for Nyora Hall upgrades
  • Projects will deliver flexible, functional and appealing community meeting place
  • Victorian Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund is putting locals first

Everybody will be Kung Fu fighting in Nyora following Friday’s announcement by the Victorian Coalition Government that it will support a major redevelopment of the Nyora Community Hall.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Nyora on Friday to announce the Coalition Government would invest $255,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to support a $340,000 redevelopment of the much-loved community hall.

Mr Ryan said the hall would be transformed into a flexible, functional and appealing meeting place that the Nyora community could be proud of.

The redevelopment will include the replacement of roofing and gutters, the treatment of external walls to eliminate rising damp, the installation of bi-fold walls, internal upgrades, paintwork and a redesigned entry.

The project will also include new car parking, landscaping and drainage improvements.

“The redevelopment of the Nyora Community Hall was identified as a key priority by the local community and we have listened to their concerns and invested $255,000 to ensure this project goes ahead,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Nyora Community Hall is the only community meeting space in Nyora and is a popular location for weddings, birthday celebrations and other community gatherings.

“It is also used for a wide-range of community activities, including playgroups, patchwork groups, Kung Fu classes, the community newsletter office, outreach programs, the local Lions club, as well as hosting the Council immunisation program.

“Nyora residents and user-groups will benefit from having a reliable, flexible and usable space at their disposal.”

Mr Ryan said the redevelopment would be finished by June next year.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien, who joined Mr Ryan at Friday’s announcement, said the redevelopment would ensure the Nyora Community Hall continues to meet the needs of the community as Nyora’s population grows.

“Nyora’s population is projected to grow from 1,300 today to more than 2,100 by 2030,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We need to build the infrastructure that can support a growing population and that is why we have invested more than $250,000 to enable this significant redevelopment of the Nyora Community Hall to be undertaken.”

Mr O’Brien said the project was another example of the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund putting locals first.

“Right across Gippsland, the Regional Growth Fund is investing in vital local projects that would otherwise have struggled to secure funding,” Mr O’Brien said.

“In the South Gippsland Shire alone, the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $13 million to support more than 30 projects, leveraging around $60 million in total investment.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

$25,000 grants to tackle local graffiti issues

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • Regional shires encouraged to apply to tackle graffiti 
  • Part of Coalition’s $35 million Community Crime Prevention Program
  • Up to $25,000 available until 20 June

Councils can now access grants of up to $25,000 to combat graffiti in local neighbourhoods as part of the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government’s graffiti grants program.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today encouraged local councils to think about graffiti solutions that would improve the visual amenity of neighbourhoods and increase community confidence in the safety of public places.

“The Coalition Government is serious about responding to concerns about graffiti vandalism, which is why we have committed more than $10 million over 4 years to reduce graffiti through a range of strategies under our anti-graffiti plan,” Mr Ryan said.

“The grants are open to councils to partner with local organisations such as schools, community and residents groups, local police, retailers and trader associations, to come up with local solutions to tackle graffiti.

“These might include design features such as murals, education and information programs, and graffiti removal projects.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was committed to stamping out graffiti at a local level.

“Over the past three years, the government has provided more than $918,000 to fund 57 projects across the state through the grants.

Crime Prevention Minister Edward O’Donohue said that the Labor Party had shown its lack of commitment to such programs by abolishing the crime prevention portfolio from the shadow ministry.

“When Daniel Andrews reshuffled his front bench in December, the crime prevention portfolio disappeared,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“The Coalition Government is delivering programs to help communities find local solutions to local problems, while Labor is offering nothing.”

“These grants make a real difference and I strongly encourage councils across the state to apply for grants of up to $25,000.”

The Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants are part of the Coalition Government’s $35 million Community Crime Prevention Program, which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.

Applications close on Friday 20 June and to apply or for further information, visit

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Regional Growth Fund makes McIndoe Park safer

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • McIndoe Park is now safer and more accessible for families and children
  • $120,000 upgrade includes new rotunda, free BBQs, perimeter fencing and improved disabled access
  • Victorian Coalition Government invested $88,000 to make the project a reality

Leongatha’s much-loved McIndoe Park is now safer and more accessible for families and children of all ages and abilities thanks to an $88,000 investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Leongatha on Friday to officially open the $120,000 McIndoe Park Development Project.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien at Friday's event, said the project included new perimeter fencing and child proof gates, new pathways to improve disabled access, as well as a new rotunda with free barbecues, tables and chairs.

“McIndoe Park is one of the most used and loved community spaces in Leongatha, regularly hosting large community events such as concerts and Australia Day celebrations,” Mr Ryan said.

“Its accessible playground and open space make it a popular place to play for children of all ages and abilities, while its beautiful surrounds and picnic facilities mean it’s a perfect location to host gatherings with family and friends or simply for an afternoon out.”

Mr Ryan said that while the park was a popular destination for locals and visitors to Leongatha, it wasn’t always safe.

“There are two busy roads bordering the park and an accessible water drain nearby which has caused significant concern for parents of young children,” Mr Ryan said.

“Having secure fencing around the perimeter of the park will mean children are protected from the road and water drain, providing much relief for parents.”

Mr O’Brien said the installation of new pathways linking the rotundas to the playground had greatly improved accessibility at McIndoe Park, particularly for students from the South Gippsland Specialist School.

“The South Gippsland Specialist School spends a lot of time at McIndoe Park thanks to its impressive range of accessible playground equipment,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The development of these new pathways will make it easier and safer for students to access the accessible play equipment, enabling them to get the most out of this wonderful facility.”

Mr Ryan thanked the South Gippsland Shire Council, which contributed $22,000 towards the project, and the Lions Club of Leongatha, which contributed $10,000.

He said this project was another example of the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund putting locals first.

“Without a specific fund designed to support initiatives such as the McIndoe Park development, this important upgrade may have never been completed,” Mr Ryan said.

“The community asked for this development, local parents and the council drove it and the Coalition Government is proud to provide the funding to make it a reality.”

Mr Ryan said this project was one of more than 30 across South Gippsland to receive Regional Growth Fund support, delivering almost $60 million of leveraged investment to the region.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer  0437 547 731 

Regional Growth Funds helps Burra Foods grow exports to Asia

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • Deputy Premier launches production of infant formula at Burra Foods
  • First commercial production follows a $20 million expansion project 
  • Victorian Coalition Government invested $1.5 million in the project enabling Burra foods to capitalise on the lucrative Asian export market 

Korumburra’s Burra Foods can now take full-advantage of the high Asian demand for nutritional milk powder, with the first batches of the company’s new infant formula rolling off the production line last Friday.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan was at Burra Foods Dairy Processing Plant in Korumburra to launch the first commercial production of the new infant formula, which followed a $22 million expansion.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien, congratulated Burra Foods on completing the expansion, which was made possible by a $1.5 million investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Ryan said the expansion had enabled Burra Foods to produce nutritional milk powders as well as a new range of products for infants, toddlers and the elderly, principally for the export market – products it had previously been unable to produce.

“This is great news for the company, great news for Korumburra and the region, and great news for the Victorian economy,” Mr Ryan said.

“This substantial investment created 60 construction jobs, 26 new full time jobs across the business and secured more than 100 existing jobs at the plant.

“It will provide strong support to the local dairy farmers who supply the factory, and create even more new jobs on local farms and in supply chain businesses across the region.

“The expansion will enable Burra Foods to boost its export sales, particularly to the lucrative export markets in Asia, and closely aligns with our Food to Asia Action Plan.”

Mr O’Brien said that development included the construction of a state-of-the-art water treatment plant that allows Burra Foods to produce batches of infant formula using the highest quality of ultra-purified water possible.

Mr O’Brien said the expansion also included significant water saving initiatives including recycling and wastewater treatment infrastructure, to be completed by the end of the year.

“Without the ultra-purified water in the manufacturing process and the ability to dispose of trade waste, Burra Foods did not have the capacity to produce infant formula locally,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This significant Coalition Government investment has enabled this important water saving work to be carried out and the development of this new product to occur.

“Once complete, the water recycling and wastewater treatment initiatives will deliver significant benefits to the company and community through water savings and reduced trade waste discharges.

“This will reduce pressure on the town’s water supply by at least 165 megalitres a year or 62 per cent.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

$16,600 gets Mirboo North netball back on court

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • New netball court surface for Mirboo North Tigers
  • Funding of $16,600 from Victorian Coalition Government is part of $25,000 project
  • Part of $957,000 investment to get Victorians more active
Mirboo North’s growing sporting community will soon have a new netball court surface on which to practice and host big games following today’s news of a $16,600 investment by the Victorian Coalition Government to ensure the resurfacing of the match netball court at Walter Tuck Reserve.

Minister for Sport and Recreation, Damian Drum today attended the home of the Mirboo North Tigers Football Netball Club to announce the funding under the Country Football Netball Program.

“The Napthine Government is committed to building a more active Victoria, that’s why investments like these are so important,” Mr Drum said.

“The new court surface will be a welcome boost for local clubs like the Tigers and their netball teams which have until now being making do with an ageing an uneven surface.”

Mr Drum said the $16,600 funding boost will enable the replacement of the current surface with a new asphalt surface that will prevent water pooling and will be capable of hosting training and competition.

“Our investment in this project is part of our plan to build more sustainable local infrastructure to cater for growth and encourage even more people to play sport,” Mr Drum said.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the project had strong community support, with the South Gippsland Shire Council and the Mirboo North community committing $4,160 and $4,240 respectively.

“The Mirboo North Tigers field teams in each of the six divisions in the Mid Gippsland Netball Association and last year won premierships in B Grade and the Under 17s, demonstrating the town’s strong passion for netball,” Mr Ryan said.

“This investment from the Coalition Government will deliver a new match court surface to ensure that local netballers of all ages can continue to enjoy their sport in a safe environment.”

Mr Ryan said this project was one of the 12 projects from across Victoria that benefitted from a share in over $957,000 from the latest round of the Coalition Government’s $10 million Country Football Netball Program.

“The program is part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to build a better Victoria by investing in quality sporting infrastructure in regional communities,” Mr Ryan said.

$15 million Cultural Hub project to boost Port of Sale

Friday, June 06, 2014
  • Victorian Coalition Government invest $4.75 million in Sale Cultural Hub
  • Gippsland Art Gallery and Sale Library to co-locate at Port of Sale Civic Centre
  • Victorian Coalition Government is building important local infrastructure

The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will invest $4.75 million to co-locate the Gippsland Art Gallery and Sale Public Library at the Port of Sale, delivering a long awaited cultural and community hub for residents in Sale.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan joined Minister for Local Government Tim Bull at the Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale today to jointly announce the Coalition Government’s funding to support the $15 million Port of Sale Cultural Hub project.

Mr Ryan announced $4 million of the Coalition Government’s investment would come from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, with Mr Bull announcing the additional $750,000 would be provided through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

Mr Ryan said the project would involve developing the existing Port of Sale Civic Centre into a cultural and community precinct incorporating an expanded Art Gallery and Library.

He said the new facility at the Port of Sale would include the library headquarters, offices, public meeting spaces, a central café, lounge area and free WIFI.

“The Gippsland Art Gallery currently has insufficient exhibition space, meaning its ability to host exhibits is limited. The Sale Public Library, which is currently located at the Sale Secondary College, faces a similar situation,” Mr Ryan said.

“This new facility will provide both the Art Gallery and Library with more room, with this new hub set to become be a great new asset for the community.

“The expanded Art Gallery is expected to attract a large portfolio of programs and blockbuster exhibitions, while the library will also be of great educational, social and cultural benefit to the local residents.”

Mr Bull said the project would also involve the relocation and consolidation of local council employees to the recently acquired Desailly Street commercial office block.

Mr Bull said the project would retain 29 existing jobs at both the Art Gallery and Library, create 38 new construction jobs and generate more than 40 indirect jobs in Sale.

Mr Ryan thanked funding partners including the Wellington Shire Council, which contributed $9.25 million towards the project, and local philanthropist John Leslie, who made a generous donation of $1 million.

“The new Port of Sale Cultural Hub will inject $15 million directly into the local economy and generate around $27 million in total economic output,” Mr Ryan said.

“Through initiatives such as our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, the Coalition Government is delivering much-needed and important local infrastructure that will benefit regional and rural communities.”

Mr Bull said the Coalition Government were strong supporters of libraries in regional and rural Victoria.

“Our libraries are at the very heart of our communities with nearly half of all Victorians current members of their local library,” Mr Bull said.

“We are is investing more than $17 million in our Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, with a record $39.5 million to be invested through our Public Libraries Funding Program in 2014-15, the highest amount of ongoing funding ever provided for library service delivery.

“Over the past three years the Coalition Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program has provided $12.4 million towards 45 library projects across the state.”

Media contacts:

Ben Bulmer   0437 547 731 (Deputy Premier)                     

Sean Burton  0428 506 585 (Minister Bull)  

Advanced coal projects to drive new jobs

Friday, June 06, 2014
 · Two advanced coal projects announced



Projects will use new technology to upgrade coal into new products



Commonwealth and Victorian governments are creating jobs and new investment in the Latrobe Valley


Federal Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources Russell Northe today announced $50 million for the first two advanced coal projects that will deliver new jobs and investment to the Latrobe Valley.

Mr Ryan said the projects, funded under the 50:50 State-Commonwealth Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program (ALDP), make possible the development of two demonstration plants producing high value products including oil, fertiliser and upgraded coal.

“Victoria is home to one of the world’s largest brown coal reserves and this joint investment will enable the development of new smarter, cleaner and sustainable uses for this important resource,” Mr Ryan said.

“We have reached an important milestone today in announcing two successful ALDP applicants, whose proposals will provide significant opportunities for communities in the Latrobe Valley and broader Gippsland region.”

Mr Northe said the Victorian and Federal Governments had committed to this project two years ago and today’s funding announcement was a significant step towards the construction and operation of demonstration plants using coal sourced from existing licence holders in the Latrobe Valley.

“Brown coal has a long history of providing benefits to all Victorians, delivering reliable and affordable power, and we believe it has a bright future helping build a better Victoria,” Mr Northe said.

“The projects we are announcing today have the potential to bring significant employment and investment to the Latrobe Valley and to contribute to the economic growth of the area.”

The funding agreements are based on the achievement of stringent milestones that indicate positive progress of the overall project outcomes.

Federal Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said Australia has a great opportunity to secure a sustainable future for Victoria’s brown coal reserves.

“This program is designed to accelerate the development of new technologies which could drive new industries and make a significant economic contribution to the Latrobe Valley and the State,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The projects being announced today are about making progress toward clean solutions for capitalising on this rich resource and seeing a bright future for the Latrobe Valley and its community.”

Project 1

Coal Energy Australia has been granted $30 million for the development of a $143 million demonstration plant producing fertiliser, oil and high value coal used in steelmaking.

The project will entail:

  • Building a pre-commercial lignite upgrading plant to process high value metallurgical-grade carbon and other hydrocarbon products.
  • Integrating technologies for the pyrolysis of coal, based on coking, semiā€coking and advanced heating technology.
  • Applying coal pyrolysis technology.
  • Production of three products:
      • low volatile solid fuel or char – a substitute for PCI coal in steel manufacture
      • pyrolysis oil, which can be distilled into various oils, including diesel oil for industrial heating
      • ammonium sulphate for use as a fertiliser or soil conditioner.
  • Project 2

    Ignite Energy Resources has been granted $20 million for the development of an $84.3 million pre-commercial plant producing upgraded coal products for local or export markets and synthetic oil which can be refined into fuel sources such as diesel and petrol.

    The project will entail:

  • Building and operating a pre-commercial lignite upgrading and processing plant.
  • Utilising Ignite’s unique ‘catalytic hydrothermal reactor’ technology, which rapidly converts lignite in a water slurry into an oily coal, that can be separated into high energy products.
  • Production of three products:
    • oily coal, which can be separated into high energy products: synthetic crude (Syncrude) and micronized upgraded coal
    • upgraded coal – for use in blast furnaces as Pulverised Coal Injection (PCI) for steel manufacturing
    • synthetic crude oil.
  • Media contacts:

        Kylie Barron 0408 508 67 (Minister Macfarlane)

        Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

    Equipment grants for Gippsland youth

    Friday, June 06, 2014

    • Grants to purchase equipment for youth events now open
    • Coalition committed to helping young people stay connected
    • Grants of up to $5,000 open until Friday 16 May

    Grants of up to $5,000 to purchase equipment such as projectors for youth movie nights, iPads for youth council meetings or PA systems for youth events are now available from the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government.

    Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Coalition Government’s Equip program was making it easier for young people to get involved in their communities.

    “The Equip grants provide funding to buy items such as iPads, laptops, cameras and sound systems that can be used to host youth events,” Mr Ryan said.

    "We know that groups in rural areas have great ideas to get young people involved in their community, but sometimes need a helping hand, and these grants are providing that assistance.”

    Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government recognises the significant role young people play in shaping their local communities.

    “As a government, we are committed to helping young people connect with their community through a number of programs such as the Be Heard Community Radio Program and Local Government Youth Inclusion Grants,” Mr Ryan said.

    “These grants are only available to regional community organisations and councils, so I encourage all Gippsland groups to apply for a grant of up to $5,000.”

    Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith said it is important that young people are supported to get involved in their local community.

    “The Equip Grant program is part of the Coalition Government’s $3.2 million Shape It! strategy which supports young people in rural and regional Victoria to participate in local decision-making and their community.

    “The program will be delivered through the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria’s ‘Victorian Rural Youth Services’ initiative which promotes research, training and policy development to support young people living in rural areas.

    Applications close on Friday 16 May, visit: to apply.

    Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

    ANZAC Day message

    Friday, June 06, 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: 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