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Parrots, Lions and Mirboo North Pony Club receive uniform boost

* * - Thursday, April 17, 2014

·        Parrots, Lions and Mirboo North Pony Club receive uniform boost
·        Another barrier to participation has been removed
·        Victorian Coalition Government is making sport more accessible

The Leongatha Football Netball Club, the Stony Creek Football Netball Club and the Mirboo North Pony Club each received Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government funding assistance to purchase new uniforms.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced the funding support would be made available to the clubs through the latest round of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program.

Mr Ryan said the funding included:

·        $729 – Leongatha Football Netball Club;

·        $1,000 - Stony Creek Football Netball Club; and

·        $981 - Mirboo North Pony Club.

“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 Coalition Government grants 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 Parrots or the Lions, or being decked out in new riding gear, each of these clubs will be looking their best in 2014.

“These three clubs play an important role in ensuring the communities of Leongatha, Stony Creek and Mirboo North remain active and healthy and we are proud to support them with this important investment.”

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

It’s official! Upgraded Rosedale Outdoor Pool opens

* * - Friday, April 04, 2014

  • Rosedale Outdoor Pool officially opens after a major upgrade 
  • Victorian Coalition Government invest $835,000 for the redevelopment through $1 billion Regional Growth Fund 
  • Regional Growth Fund is building regional and rural infrastructure

The aging Rosedale Outdoor Pool has been transformed into a modern aquatic centre with the support of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan was in Rosedale today to officially open the new Rosedale Outdoor Pool, which was upgraded thanks to a $835,000 Coalition Government investment.

Mr Ryan said upgrades to the Rosedale Outdoor Pool, which were designed in consultation with the local community, included an improved kiosk entry, change rooms, new toilets and toddlers pool with children’s water play feature.

He said the upgrades also delivered new seating and grassed areas, barbecue and shade shelters, plant room, concourse and edge capping to the main pool, as well as a pool hoist, ensuring the pool was accessible to people with a disability.

“This new facility is a credit to the local community,” Mr Ryan said.

“Local pools are the heart of our regional and rural communities during the warm summer months, providing a place for people to relax and socialise, exercise or escape the heat during long hot days.

“They are also the place where many children learn how to swim, and an important part of our school curriculum.

“Having strong local input into the design of this facility will ensure it meets the needs of the community long into the future.”

Mr Ryan thanked the Wellington Shire Council, who managed the redevelopment.

He said the project was another example of the Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund supporting local government to build vital community infrastructure.

“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,” Mr Ryan said.

“This project was funded through a portion of the Regional Growth Fund which has been set aside to assist regional and rural councils deliver their community infrastructure priorities.

“By investing in local government infrastructure priorities, the Coalition Government is helping to put downwards pressure on rates while delivering much needed local projects.

“Overall, the Wellington Shire has received more from the $7 million from Regional Growth Fund to support around 40 projects, leveraging $20 million of total investment.”

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 

Sports facility funding now open to local clubs

* * - Thursday, April 03, 2014

  • Funding to upgrade sporting facilities now open
  • New sporting/community facility funded in the last grant round
  • Interested clubs should contact their local council

Local sporting clubs and associations wanting to upgrade existing infrastructure or build new facilities are urged to contact their local shire to access funding on offer from the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Coalition’s 2015/2016 Community Facility Funding Program (CFFP) was now open to fund a broad range of sport and recreation projects across regional Victoria.

“In the last round of this program, $400,000 was committed for a new community sports pavilion featuring modern change rooms and a multipurpose community space at the Yarram Recreation Reserve,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to providing sporting infrastructure that meets the needs of the community and allows people of all ages to participate in sport and physical activity.

“We’re proud to continue this great initiative so even more regional communities can enjoy the benefits of getting more active more often and build a better Victoria.”

Mr Ryan said the CFFP provided a unique opportunity for councils, local clubs and communities to work together to develop proposals that make a real difference.

He said CFFP funding was available in these six categories: 

  • Better Pools – grants of up to $3 million to build new or upgrade existing aquatic centres; 
  • Major Facilities – grants of up to $650,000 to develop or upgrade major sport and recreation facilities; 
  • Seasonal Pools – grants of up to $200,000 to upgrade seasonal pools in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations; 
  • Minor Facilities – grants of up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade local sport and recreation facilities; 
  • Soccer Facilities – grants totalling $100,000 for up to two projects are available to upgrade existing and construct new facilities; and 
  • Planning – grants of up to $30,000 to fund initiatives that assess the future sport and recreation facility needs of local communities and up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives.

“Only Local Government Authorities are eligible to apply for funding however local clubs and associations are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest Form for Community Organisations to their council to register their interest in obtaining support,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said over the past three years the Coalition Government had invested $58 million into 382 community sports facility projects that had resulted in more than $350 million of new grassroots sporting infrastructure for Victorians.

Proposals for the current round of the CFFP close on Wednesday 16 April 2014.

For more information about the Community Facilities Funding Program please visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870

Two local show societies receive funding

* * - Thursday, April 03, 2014

  • Almost $3,000 to update Foster show jumping equipment
  • $8,543 to upgrade power, purchase urn and install speed humps at Korumburra Show
  • Gippsland show societies encouraged to apply for next round

The Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government is providing two South Gippsland show societies with funding to upgrade equipment, improve safety and continue their valuable contribution to the community.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said Foster and District Agricultural Society would receive $2,734 to purchase a set of show jumping safety cups and Korumburra Agricultural and Pastoral Society would receive $8,543 to upgrade power, purchase an urn and install two speed humps.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was committed to supporting agricultural and pastoral show societies in the great work they do for their communities as well as showcasing the region’s agriculture industries to locals and visitors.

“Show societies play a vital role in rural and regional communities, by not only boosting local economies but providing a place for the community to come together each year and so we are pleased to provide some assistance,” Mr Ryan said.

“More than $265,000 is being provided to 45 show societies across Victoria this year through the Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants Program, which provides grants of up to $10,000 for improving facilities that promote agriculture and arts and crafts,” Mr Ryan said.

“Societies can also apply for up to $8000 to install or upgrade showground amenities and up to $5000 for business activities such as workshops, planning and surveys.

“I would encourage all local show societies in need of upgrades to consider applying for a grant under the next round of funding.”

Foster Show Society president Noel Afflitto said he was thrilled that the grant would allow the committee to purchase their own set of show jumping cups that would improve safety for riders and horses.

“Up until now, we’ve been borrowing the cups from local pony clubs to use at our show each year, which is difficult as they often require them at the same time,” Mr Afflitto said.

“Having a strong horse presence at our show is integral and it’s important that we provide riders with the best equipment that we can.

“Now that we will have our own set of safety cups, we will be able to loan them out to other smaller organisations to assist them with their events.”

Korumburra Agricultural and Pastoral Society’s Syd White said all show patrons and competitors would benefit from the $8,543 grant.

“The installation of speed humps will prevent the road that runs through the showgrounds from being used as a thoroughfare, which will improve safety for those walking around that area at show time,” Mr White said.

“The power upgrades will take place in the cattle area and the funding will also allow for lighting to be installed, which will be handy for those setting up of a night or early morning.”

Mr White said the hot water urn would also be made available to others who used the Korumburra Showgrounds throughout the year, including the pony club and dairy expo.

Mr Ryan said the show grants were conditional on show societies providing $1 for every $2 contributed by the Victorian Government.

For more information on the Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants program, visit: www.depi.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding 

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 


When you post or share, It’s There For Life

* * - Thursday, March 27, 2014

• Grants of up to $30,000 available to help young people stay safe online
• Young Gippslanders urged to think twice about what they’re posting on social media
• Grant applications need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday 4 April


Gippsland community organisations with programs that educate and encourage young people to be responsible digital citizens are encouraged to take advantage of grants of up to $30,000 on offer from the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government before they close on 4 April.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the grants are about working with young people to ensure that they are careful about what they say and do online.

“The successful recipients of these grants will build on the Coalition Government’s It’s There for Life campaign, which reminds young people to think twice before uploading photos or posting online,” Mr Ryan said.

“With more and more young people reporting that online posts and images posted on Facebook and Twitter have resulted in them missing out on jobs, being bullied or falling foul of the law, the Coalition Government is taking action to help young people safeguard their privacy and protect their reputations.”

An avid user of social media to promote the Coalition Government’s messages and announcements, Mr Ryan said the web has a long memory and once something was online, it could be there for life.

“Social media is a great tool, but it also has potentially damaging impacts. As young people go forward and start a career or enter into relationships their digital reputation can stay with them for life,” Mr Ryan said.

“While I am not saying don’t post comments and images on social media, I urge you to think twice before you do.”

To apply for It’s There For Life grants visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au. Applications close on Friday 4 April, with successful projects to be announced in June.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870  

Victorian Coalition Government promotes Tarwin Valley art

* * - Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Exciting new arts project launched in Tarwin Valley 
  • Project supports local artists and encourages cultural tourism 
  • Coalition Government is creating new opportunities for small towns
An exciting new project that supports Tarwin Valley artists, encourages cultural tourism and promotes local art galleries was unveiled today in South Gippsland.

In Fish Creek, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today launched the $52,000 Tarwin Valley Digital Arts project, which received $35,000 in Victorian Coalition Government support.

“The fastest growing national and international tourism is cultural tourism,” Mr Ryan said.

“This initiative is part of the Coalition Government’s plan to expand local economies and create job opportunities in new and emerging industries such as cultural tourism.

“The Tarwin Valley is an area that has traditionally been linked to farming and agribusiness, however the area also has a renowned artist community, which is already an important local tourist attraction.

“The project will enable local artists to promote their work at international and national level, growing cultural tourism within the district.”

Mr Ryan said the project would support local artists through three key elements, including: The creation of digital films and images promoting local art collections; The development of a series of short web-based films promoting local artists; and The development of a local arts and culture trail to promote local artist.

Mr Ryan said the digital films and images had been developed using YouTube, Vimeo, digital applications, websites and videos.

He said the artists’ profiles would be made available online and at iPad stands at Foster Art Gallery, Coal Creek Visitor Centre and Meeniyan Art Gallery. The iPad stands would also form the interactive cultural trail across towns in the district, linking the galleries and visitor centre.

“Projecting these materials into the market place through tourism booking agencies, the web and social media, will bring new visitors to the district, further boosting tourism,” Mr Ryan said.

“The project will also create an environment that stimulates creativity and innovation within the community.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government’s support for the project had been provided through the $9.4 million Advancing Country Towns program.

He thanked funding partners including the South Gippsland Shire, which contributed $10,000, and local artists, who provided $7,000 of in-kind support.

The project is being coordinated by the Meeniyan Art Gallery.

Mr Ryan said Advancing Country Towns was investing in nine regional and rural Victorian communities, including the Lower Tarwin District.

“Advancing Country Towns is creating new opportunities for small towns experiencing rapid change,” Mr Ryan said.

“This project is another example of how the Coalition Government is supporting local communities to grow and build upon their natural advantages.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

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