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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



$10,000 grants for crime prevention initiatives

* * - Friday, May 02, 2014

  • Grants of up to $10,000 now open to local groups, schools and councils
  • Funding can be used for security lighting, fences and alarms
  • More than $200,000 in grants funding already delivered

Community groups, schools and councils in Gippsland are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for crime prevention initiatives as part of the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government’s Community Safety Fund.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said groups with innovative and practical community safety projects should apply.

“In the two previous rounds of these grants, groups in Wellington and South Gippsland shared in more than $200,000 to deliver projects in and around their clubrooms that improve safety and security,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government recognises that locals are best placed to identify and prioritise safety and security issues in their communities, and we will support them to do so.”

Mr Ryan said councils, community and sporting groups, and local schools are able to access these grants that can be used to install a range of security measures.

“This includes installing security lighting, padlocks, security screens, fencing, or undertaking awareness activities to deter crime and increase community safety,” he said.

Mr Ryan said previous local grant recipients included Nyora Recreation Reserve Committee, which received $10,000 to install security lighting, and Sale Scout Group, which was granted more than $9,000 to install security lighting and fencing.

Crime Prevention Minister Edward O’Donohue said the grants support local community groups to help provide safer and more secure facilities for local people.

“Over the past three years, the Coalition Government has provided more than $2.8 million to fund 422 projects across the state through the grants,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“The 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 Monday 12 May and to apply, visit: www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/safetygrants

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 

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

Big opportunities for small communities on agenda

* * - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • More than 200 leaders from local government, community and business set to attend Rural Summit 2014 at Nhill 
  • Saul Eslake is the keynote speaker on Rural economies – a global perspective. 
  • Victorian Coalition Government building stronger rural communities

More than 200 leaders from across local government, community and business will visit Nhill later this month to explore new opportunities to grow Victoria’s rural communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the Rural Summit, an initiative of Rural Councils Victoria, supports country people to make big differences in their communities.

Mr Ryan said the Rural Summit 2014 would be held at the Nhill Memorial Community Centre on 27 and 28 March, with community and business leaders encouraged to attend.

“This year’s theme is: Small Communities, Big Opportunities – Facing the Future and Embracing Change,” Mr Ryan said.

“Delegates at the Summit will hear from high profile economist and media commentator Saul Eslake, chef Stefano De Pieri and Chairman of the Kaiela Institute Paul Briggs, who will discuss matters such as Aboriginal heritage, economic development and tourism.

“Other topics include corporate farms, the benefits of migrants to rural communities and a showcase of rural councils’ innovative programs.

“These are all important components of making rural Victoria more liveable for the people who already reside there, and also for making it more attractive to those looking to relocate from the city.”

Mr Ryan said the Rural Summit 2014 was supported by the Victorian Coalition Government through its $3.3 million Networked Rural Councils program.

“As the voice for Victoria’s rural councils, Rural Councils Victoria advocates for sustainable, liveable and prosperous rural communities and delivers projects which provide support and solutions on issues faced by the state’s 38 rural councils,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is focused on rural Victoria and we work closely with Rural Councils Victoria on a wide-variety rural issues.

“The Coalition Government assists regional and rural Victoria through initiatives such as the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund that supports stronger and more sustainable regional and rural communities by building their capacity to drive development in the regions.

“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.”

For more information about the Summit and to book your seat go to http://www.ruralcouncilsvictoria.org.au/home/events/rural-summit-2014 or join the Rural Summit conversation on Twitter at #RCVSummit.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731 

Wellington Shire Council performance survey under way

* * - Monday, February 10, 2014

Residents and ratepayers will have the opportunity to have their say on the Wellington Shire Council’s performance by taking part in the 2014 Community Satisfaction Survey. 

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the statewide telephone survey was an important tool used by the Victorian Coalition Government and councils each year to collect direct feedback from the community about council services.

“400 local survey respondents will be selected randomly and I encourage all those who do receive a phone call to take full advantage of this opportunity to share their opinion on the Wellington Shire Council’s performance,” Mr Ryan said.

“Community opinion is sought on four main areas: council’s overall performance, community consultation, advocacy and customer service.  

“Wellington Shire Council will receive its individual survey report in May and the Statewide Local Government Services Report will be made available at the Local Government Victoria website shortly thereafter.”

Mr Ryan said the Wellington Shire Council, which is classed as a ‘Large Rural Shire’, participated in the 2013 survey and scored an overall performance ranking of 62, which was five points above the state-wide average for other ‘Large Rural Shires’.

“When asked to describe the best things about the Wellington Shire Council, survey respondents highlighted local recreational and sporting facilities, parks and gardens, and Councillors,” Mr Ryan said.

“Survey respondents indicated that areas which needed improvement were sealed road maintenance, median and nature strips, and communication.”

Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell said she looked forward to seeing an improvement on last year’s survey result where half of the statewide respondents rated overall council performance as good or very good.

“Local councils provide a diverse range of community services from maintaining footpaths and swimming pools, to managing community hubs and public libraries and meeting the needs of people of all ages and abilities,” Mrs Powell said.

“The annual survey assesses performance against a range of measures to help councils respond more effectively to the changing needs of their local communities.”

For more information on the Community Satisfaction Survey and the Statewide Local Government Services Report please visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/localgovernment

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

South Gippsland Shire Council performance survey under way

* * - Monday, February 10, 2014

Residents and ratepayers will have the opportunity to have their say on the South Gippsland Shire Council’s performance by taking part in the 2014 Community Satisfaction Survey. 

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the statewide telephone survey was an important tool used by the Victorian Coalition Government and councils each year to collect direct feedback from the community about council services.

“400 local survey respondents will be selected randomly and I encourage all those who do receive a phone call to take full advantage of this opportunity to share their opinion on the South Gippsland Shire Council’s performance,” Mr Ryan said.

“Community opinion is sought on four main areas: council’s overall performance, community consultation, advocacy and customer service.  

“South Gippsland Shire Council will receive its individual survey report in May and the Statewide Local Government Services Report will be made available at the Local Government Victoria website shortly thereafter.”

Mr Ryan said that the 2013 survey revealed that customer service and consultation ratings had improved from the previous year’s survey.

“When asked to describe the best things about the South Gippsland Shire Council, survey respondents highlighted customer service, parks and gardens and Councillors,” Mr Ryan said.

“Survey respondents indicated that areas which needed improvement were sealed road maintenance and community consultation.”

Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell said she looked forward to seeing an improvement on last year’s survey result where half of the statewide respondents rated overall council performance as good or very good.

“Local councils provide a diverse range of community services from maintaining footpaths and swimming pools to managing community hubs and public libraries, and meeting the needs of people of all ages and abilities,” Mrs Powell said.

“The annual survey assesses performance against a range of measures to help councils respond more effectively to the changing needs of their local communities.”

For more information on the Community Satisfaction Survey and the Statewide Local Government Services Report please visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/localgovernment

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

Ryan opens Sale Mall project and announces ‘Shop in Sale’ e-voucher scheme

* * - Monday, December 02, 2013

 

  • The Victorian Government provided $300,000 toward the $962,000 Sale Mall Redevelopment Project
  • The project links the Raymond Street retail shopping strip with the Gippsland Centre Sale
  • The Sale e-voucher system will support the ‘Shop in Sale’ scheme and enable voucher purchases to be made online

Almost $1 million has been spent upgrading Sale’s CDB, greatly improving linkages between Sale’s Raymond Street retail shopping strip and the Gippsland Centre Sale.

In Sale for the Christmas Clock Tower Carnival, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today opened the $963,000 Sale Mall Redevelopment Project which has revitalised retail and community facilities in Sale’s CBD.

Mr Ryan said the project, which received $300,000 from the Victorian Government, included pavement upgrades, street furniture, wind and sun shelters, alfresco dining areas, outdoor performance/public gathering space, landscaping and tree planting, and upgraded lighting to increase security.

“This project will encourage locals and visitors to shop, dine and conduct business in Sale,” Mr Ryan said.

“It will revive Sale’s commercial precinct and ensure it’s available for the long-term benefit of the local community.

“The alfresco dining area will increase economic activity and also generate new employment opportunities in the local hospitality industry, while the new performance space will enhance social and community interaction and bring more visitors into the CBD.

“The redevelopment has also improved accessibility in and around the mall area, ensuring people of all ages and abilities can safely enjoy the new and improved facilities.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Government was proud to support the project which had been a long standing priority for the community, having first been identified in the Sale Urban design Framework in 2002.

Mr Ryan thanked the Wellington Shire Council which had provided $662,000 towards the project.

Mr Ryan also announced today that the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $26,400 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in a new e-voucher system to be operated by the Sale Business and Tourism Association.

Mr Ryan said the project would modernise the association’s ‘Shop in Sale’ scheme and enable voucher purchases to be made online.

“It will also allow vouchers to be redeemed in-store at any one of the association’s 75 member retailers,” Mr Ryan said.

“Traders will use a smart-phone app to read the e-voucher, with the grant being used in part to fund the training of retailers on the use of a smart phone app which supports the new system.”

Mr Ryan said the project would leverage Facebook, television, radio and press to promote and market the system and produce point-of-sale printed material.

“And importantly, once the new system gets off the ground it will be financially self-sustaining,” Mr Ryan said.

“This is a first for regional Victoria. The technology to be used for Sale’s new e-voucher system has been deployed throughout retail chains across multiple stores nationally, however it has not been deployed in a specific regional location.

“Sale Business and Tourism Association members believe this technology will enable a more speedy, consumer friendly and efficient system.

“They are strongly committed to promoting the new e-voucher system and significantly increasing voucher sales to more than $50,000 over the next two years, which is great news for the local economy.”

Mr Ryan said the total cost of the project was $36,200, with the Sale Business and Tourism Association contributing $5,000, the Wellington Shire $1,000, with a further $3,800 of in-kind support being provided towards the project.

South Gippsland receives $1 million boost from Country Roads and Bridges Fund

* * - Friday, November 22, 2013

 

The Victorian Coalition Government will provide the South Gippsland Shire Council with a further $1 million to fix local roads and bridges, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced today.


Mr Ryan was in South Gippsland today to inspect the damage to local roads following the recent significant rainfall event.

Mr Ryan inspected the washed out section of the Foster-Fish Creek Road.

“Last week more than 120mm of rain fell over parts of South Gippsland in little more than two days, which is more than the entire November rain average of 78.5mm, causing significant damage to the region’s roads.

“The scale of the damage to the Foster-Fish Creek Road is quite significant, however VicRoads and contractors are currently on site working seven days a week until the road is repaired.

“The Coalition Government will continue to work with VicRoads to ensure damaged roads across the region are repaired as quickly as possible, however I urge motorists to proceed with caution when driving on damaged roads.”

Mr Ryan said today’s funding announcement of $1 million for the South Gippsland Shire Council would be provided through the Coalition Government’s Country Roads and Bridges Fund.

“The four year Country Roads and Bridges Fund, now in its third year, provides up to $1 million per year to 40 rural councils, including the South Gippsland Shire Council. “This is a total of $160 million of additional funds to improve the condition of shire managed roads and bridges, and can be used for maintenance and the restoration of existing road or bridge infrastructure in the region.”

Mr Ryan said the funds would be used to carry out the following works:

  • Mount Eccles Road near Mount Eccles- sealed road rehabilitation $214,349;
  •  Summers Road near Fish Creek- bridge rehabilitation $102,248;
  • Goads Road near Dumbalk North- bridge rehabilitation $471,912; and
  • Agnes River Road near Toora- bridge rehabilitation $211,491.

South Gippsland Shire Councillor Kieran Kennedy welcomed the $1 million funding boost.

“The weather conditions of the past few years have created a huge maintenance impost on both local and state government and we appreciate all funding that can assist us to maintain the 2,000 kilometre network of roads managed by the council,” Cr Kennedy said.

Mr Ryan said in addition to the $1 million boost for shire roads and bridges, the Coalition Government had boosted the road maintenance budget by $45 million in October 2012 and then by a further $170 million over three years in May 2013.

"Under the previous Labor Government, underlying issues with the condition of Victorian roads were not exposed due to the lack of rain during nearly a decade of drought,” Mr Ryan said.

"The facts are: we will spend $466 million on road maintenance in 2013-14, which is $83 million more than Labor's last budget for road maintenance, which was $383 million in 2010-11.

"By carrying out a targeted road restoration program, in addition to comprehensive pavement resurfacing, we will ensure the life of these roads is extended for decades to come.

"$4.33 million has already been announced this year to repair and restore South Gippsland roads around Foster, Buffalo, Fish Creek and Middle Tarwin.

“A further $5.4 million will be spent on road safety improvements over a 14 km stretch of the South Gippsland Highway from Lang Lang to Loch. These works will be carried out between November 2013 and April 2014."

Mr Ryan said VicRoads had currently programmed more than $6 million worth of immediate repair and restoration works in the South Gippsland region over the coming months, including pavement strengthening works, rehabilitation and asphalt works, as well as road resurfacing works.

Mr Ryan said pavement strengthening works including rehabilitation and asphalt works programed to be carried out by VicRoads included:

  •  Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road at Bena-Kongwak Road roundabout – scheduled to begin December;
  • Waratah Road near Fish Creek – scheduled to begin December;
  • Meeniyan-Promontory Road at Buffalo – scheduled to begin December;
  • Foster-Promontory Road from Foster to Fish Creek – commenced November;
  • Buffalo-Tarwin Lower Road at Middle Tarwin – scheduled to begin December;
  • Fish Creek-Foster Road near Grady’s Bridge Road Foster – scheduled to begin February; and
  • Barry Road at Agnes – scheduled to begin February.

Mr Ryan said road resurfacing works programmed to be carried out by VicRoads included:

  • Barry Road at Agnes – scheduled to begin February;
  • Drouin-Korumburra Road, three sites between Poowong North and Ranceby– scheduled to begin December;
  • Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road at Korumburra – scheduled to begin January;
  • Lang Lang-Poowong Road between Nyora and Poowong – scheduled to begin January;
  • Meeniyan-Promontory Road between Buffalo and Fish Creek – scheduled to begin February;
  • Nerrena Road near Nerrena – scheduled to begin January;
  • South Gippsland Highway, seven sites between Nyora and Toora – scheduled to begin January;
  • Strzelecki Highway, five sites Delburn and Leongatha – scheduled to begin January; and
  • Wilsons Promontory Road near Darby River – scheduled to begin February.

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

Funding available for children’s services facilities

* * - Monday, November 04, 2013

 

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan is encouraging local government, schools, community groups and children’s service providers to apply for funding to build and upgrade local children’s services under the Victorian Coalition Government’s $20 million grants program.


Mr Ryan said the grants were a golden opportunity for the community to build or upgrade local children’s facilities.

“Securing a grant will improve access to high quality early years services and ensure children have greater access to high-quality early years services,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said communities could apply for four types of grants, including:

•    Integrated Children’s Centre Grants of up to $1.6 million to support the building of new centres offering kindergarten, day care, maternal and child health and early childhood intervention services under the one roof;
•    New Early Learning Facilities Grants of up to $650,000 to support communities to establish new early learning facilities to meet demand for kindergarten places;
•    Early Learning Facility Upgrade Grants of up to $350,000 to support existing services to upgrade and extend their facilities to meet the demand of kindergarten place; and
•    Minor Infrastructure Grants, up to $10,000 for small refurbishments that will enhance the quality of the kindergarten program at a service.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said that proposals to build early childhood education and care facilities on the same sites as government schools would be favourably assessed.

“Building services on school sites benefits the whole community as it is not only more convenient for families; it ensures children are better supported to move smoothly and confidently into school,” Ms Lovell said.

Mr Ryan said the $20 million program brought the Coalition Government’s investment in children’s capital projects to new record highs, with a total of $106 million of state and national partnership funding invested towards building and upgrading hundreds of services since December 2010.

“Applications for the minor infrastructure grants close on 19 November, expressions of interest for major infrastructure grants close on 29 November and the Children’s Facilities Capital Program grants round closes on 21 February 2014,” Mr Ryan said.

For more information on the program, phone Mr Ryan’s Sale office on 5144 1987 or visit www.education.vic.gov.au/ecsmanagement/capitalprogram.

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

Local families set to benefit from new $5.3 million Yarram District Hub

* * - Friday, November 01, 2013

 

Families in Yarram and surrounding communities will have access to high quality childcare, kindergarten, maternal and child health services, an expanded library, meeting spaces and local government services all under one roof, with construction to begin on the Yarram District Hub.


Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Yarram today to mark the beginning of construction of the $5.3 million Yarram District Hub, which received almost $2 million in funding support from the Victorian Coalition Government.

Mr Ryan said the Yarram District Hub project involved a major upgrade to the existing local government service centre and pool at Yarram, as well as the development of a number of vital early childhood and other community services.

“Commencing construction works for the much-awaited Yarram District Hub is an important milestone for the Yarram community,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Hub will become an important one-stop shop for a wide range of integral community and family services.

“For many years the local community has requested a facility such as this be built and the Coalition Government, in partnership with the Wellington Shire Council, is proud to have been able to deliver it.”

Mr Ryan said the Yarram and District Hub would include:

a new library, including expanded space to provide traditional library services, a toy library and an information technology learning area;
integrated early childhood development services, including a kindergarten, long day and occasional child care with an option to include out of school hours care;
local government service centre, including town planning, economic development and health services;
maternal and child health services/early childhood intervention services, including speech pathology, occupational therapy, kindergarten inclusion support and referral to children’s early intervention programs;
family services, including playgroup, outreach toy library, young mothers group and special needs groups;
community meeting space, for community learning, Yoga and fitness, Yarram District Health Service, local schools and various other community groups.

Mr Ryan said the Yarram District Hub project would also include an upgrade to the Yarram swimming pool, kiosk, change area and reception facility along with increased car parking.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government funding for the project had come from several funding sources, including $500,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, $350,000 from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and $1.108 million from the Integrated Children’s Centre Grants Program.

“I thank Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell and Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell for the generous contributions through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and Integrated Children’s Centre Grants Program,” Mr Ryan said.

“I also welcome the Wellington Shire Council’s significant contribution of $3.3 million towards this important community project.

“The Yarram District Hub is another terrific example of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund leveraging various state and local government funding streams to deliver important community-led initiatives.

“Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has provided more than $350 million to support over 1,200 projects across regional and rural Victoria, leveraging around $1.5 billion in total investment.

“This includes almost $7 million to more than 35 projects in the Wellington Shire, leveraging a total investment of $15.5 million.”

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