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New emergency services training centre opened at West Sale

* * - Monday, October 20, 2014

 

  • Firefighters have improved access to breathing apparatus training at a new facility at West Sale
  • $793,000 invested to upgrade the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC)
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria

Firefighters in Gippsland have improved access to breathing apparatus training with the official opening of an upgrade at the West Sale campus of the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC).

In West Sale, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Liberal National Coalition Government had invested $793,000 in the upgrade that would benefit the region’s firefighters.

“The new building and facilities at the West Sale campus will support CFA members and is a fantastic resource for all emergency service personnel in Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said.

“The type of training offered gives our volunteers the skills and practical experience that is essential for their role in protecting the community,” he said.

“All of the VEMTC campuses are purpose built to allow volunteers to take part in training scenarios that are as close as possible to reality.

“Facilities provide for both ‘live fire’ simulations and other scenarios that reflect the variety and complexity of incidents that emergency services volunteers face.
 
“This investment at West Sale has promoted growth and created jobs, and importantly ensures Victoria’s emergency service workers have the best training facilities.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was proud of the vital work performed by CFA and its 55,000 members who protected 3.3 million Victorians and more than one million homes and properties across the state.

“We will continue to support CFA members by providing the facilities and equipment they need to save lives and property,” Mr Ryan said.

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said since coming to office in November 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with $2.3 billion in funding.

“This financial year the CFA budget is $457 million; that is $58 million more than it was when Labor left office,” Mr O’Brien said. 

“The Coalition Government has invested in firefighter safety with $20.5 million to replace respiratory protection equipment for CFA and MFB firefighters.

“This investment, along with the opening of the new facility at West Sale demonstrates the Coalition Government’s strong commitment to supporting the CFA and its volunteers who play a critical role in Victoria’s emergency response.” 

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Regional Growth Fund delivers jobs for Toora

* * - Monday, October 13, 2014

 

  • Ryan and O’Brien announce $1.5 million investment for ViPlus dairy at Toora
  • Victorian Coalition Government’s investment supports $50.4 million expansion
  • Expansion will create 45 new full-time jobs and boost exports of powdered milk

Forty-five new jobs will be created in Toora with ViPlus dairy announcing on Friday it will embark on a $50.4 million expansion that will boost production of high quality locally produced dairy products for the export market.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien in Toora on Friday to announce the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $1.5 million to support the expansion.

The Coalition Government’s $1.5 million investment will be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, and is the 38th project to be supported by the Regional Growth Fund in South Gippsland.

Mr Ryan said the ViPlus factory at Toora manufactured milk products, including infant formula and milk powders, and was one of only four Australian companies accredited to export infant formula to China.

The $50.4 million expansion will enable ViPlus Dairy to manufacture new product lines locally, including UHT milk and ice cream, and produce infant formula from raw milk.

Mr Ryan said the expansion would include the installation of a spray dryer and pre-treatment infrastructure, a milk powder canning facility and UHT plant.

“Thanks to this investment , ViPlus Dairy will boost production at the plant from 10,000 tonnes of milk products produced per annum to 30,000 tonnes of milk products produced per annum,” Mr Ryan said.

“This will create 45 new full-time jobs here in Toora, which for a town of this size will deliver major economic benefits to the community.

“A further 70 jobs will be created during the project’s construction phase, another win for Toora and South Gippsland more broadly.

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

Mr Ryan said he was thrilled to see the scale of investment here at Toora.

“It was little over a decade ago that we were dealing with the closure of this factory and the subsequent jobs losses, and for many that was the end of dairy processing here in Toora.

“To think then that we would be standing here today just 12 or so years later announcing a more than $50 million expansion is truly quite remarkable.

“This investment reinforces why we as The Nationals, in Coalition Government, fought so hard to secure the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“We are leveraging the money set-aside in the Regional Growth Fund to secure investments such as this here at Toora. Through the Regional Growth Fund, we are working with companies like ViPlus Dairy to encourage them to invest and create new jobs in regional and rural Victoria.

“I am so very proud to be here today in my own electorate alongside Danny O’Brien, the South Gippsland Shire Council and ViPlus Dairy to announce this exciting project.”

Mr O’Brien echoed Mr Ryan’s comments and said another exciting part of the investment was the significant water saving initiatives to be implemented, including the construction of a wastewater recycling plant.

“The wastewater treatment will allow up to 70 per cent of the water used here to be recycled for use within the plant, and for 100 per cent of the site’s wastewater to be treated so that it is suitable for irrigation,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The plant will also be powered by a gas fuelled co-generation system that will produce 1 megawatt of electricity and thermal energy, reducing the boiler steam load and pressure on the grid.”

Mr O’Brien said the investment continued the Victorian Coalition Government’s ongoing support for local dairy processors through the Regional Growth Fund, which included a $1.5 million investment to support a $22 million expansion at Burra Foods in Korumburra, and a $1.5 million investment to support a $22 million expansion at Murray Goulburn in Leongatha.

The $50.4 million expansion will be completed by 2016.

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0429 921 404

Deputy Premier announces major expansion for Mortlock Hydroponics

* * - Thursday, October 09, 2014

 

  • Mortlock Hydroponics at Carisbrook set to expand again
  • $2.2 million investment to double glasshouse size and create a further 25 jobs
  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $175,000 to support the expansion

Mortlock Hydroponics will complete a $2.2 million expansion of its hydroponic cherry tomato facility at Carisbrook with the support of the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government.

The expansion will double Mortlock’s glasshouse capacity and create 25 new local jobs, injecting around $1 million of additional wages and salaries into the local economy.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner at Carisbrook today to announce the Coalition Government’s $175,000 investment to support the expansion.

Mr Ryan said the project would increase the current greenhouse’s size from 15,000 square metres to 30,000 square metres, and would include the installation of heating, irrigation, shade screens and fogging systems, as well as a new tomato packaging and storage area.

“This investment is great show of strength for Mortlock Hydroponics which has been growing hydroponic tomatoes in the region since 1999,” Mr Ryan said.

“Doubling the size of the greenhouse will double production of high quality local tomatoes, ensuring more of this great Carisbrook product is on kitchen tables right across Australia and eventually the world.

“Mortlock Hydroponics Director Shane Mortlock and his team should be proud of the work they have done so far, and I am proud to be here today alongside Shane and the team to announce this exciting expansion.

“Companies like Mortlock are the drivers of growth in our regional communities, with the work to be undertaken coming as a real shot-in-the-arm for this region.”

Mr Turner welcomed the investment and said the expansion of the packing shed would enable Mortlock to grow its export potential and produce new varieties of tomatoes for Australia’s shops and supermarkets.

“One of the new varieties which could be grown is similar to the Tasty Tom, which is individually packed and marketed as a healthy snack for school lunches in the Netherlands,” Mr Turner said.

“There is great potential for this style of tomato to be grown here locally and sold right across the country.

“With the right promotion there is even the chance that these varieties may find their way into our kids’ school lunch boxes as a healthy and tasty alternative to prepackaged snack foods.

“I congratulate Shane and the team for their great work here at Carisbrook – they are truly a great local success story.”

Ms Staley passed on her support and said it was the second such investment from the Coalition Government to support the growth of this great local food producer.

“In 2013, the Coalition Government invested $250,000 to enable Mortlock Hydroponics to build the $4.1 million, 15,000 square metre facility, which created 20 new jobs,” Ms Staley said.

“The company has done well to expand on this initial investment and continue its rapid and strong growth.

“Investment such as that which is being undertaken by Mortlock delivers greater economies of scale and improved productivity which means cheaper and more accessible fresh food products for consumers.”

The Mortlock Hydroponics expansion will be completed by the middle of next year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Deputy Premier visits True Foods

* * - Thursday, October 09, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government invested $500,000 in True Foods’ $5.5 million relocation project
  • New facility has created 250 jobs in Maryborough
  • Project is helping drive local investment and boost the regional economy

True Foods‟ relocation from Melbourne to Maryborough has created 250 new local jobs, with the company quickly becoming one of the region‟s largest employers.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan visited True Foods today to meet with the company and its workers to discuss the move ahead of the final payment from the Victorian Coalition Government‟s $500,000 investment which supported the relocation.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner, said the Coalition Government was a proud supporter of the relocation, which is bringing more people to regional Victoria.

“True Foods‟ relocation from Braeside to Maryborough can only be described as a win-win for the region and Victoria-at-large,” Mr Ryan said.

“It has helped this great company grow, boosted sales and delivered 250 new jobs for Maryborough.

“It has also meant 34 families have packed their bags and left Melbourne for a better life in regional Victoria, growing Maryborough‟s population while at the same time relieving pressure on a growing Melbourne.

“The Coalition Government is committed to working with companies such as True Foods to ensure that if they are looking to relocate, they relocate to regional Victoria.

“That is why we have implemented initiatives such as our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is investing in our regions to grow business and jobs, and our successful Regional Victoria Living Expo and „Good Move‟ campaign, which is encouraging Melburnians to choose a life in regional Victoria.

“It is why we are rolling-out natural gas to 18 new regional communities, communities Labor said they would never connect.

“These investments are making regional Victoria a more attractive place to do business, which is benefiting all of us who live outside of Melbourne.”

Mr Turner said he was proud to be part of a Coalition Government team which was delivering wins for this region.

“We need jobs and investment in our region and projects such as this are strongly welcomed,” Mr Turner said.

“I also applaud both True Foods and the Central Goldfields Shire Council who provided considerable help in relocating these 34 families by finding jobs for partners, locating accommodation and accessing education.

“The economic and community benefits from such a large injection of new residents is significant for our region.”

Ms Staley passed on her support and said the company had demonstrated its commitment to becoming part of the local community.

“True Foods is supporting local schools through breakfast programs, fruit bowl programs and literacy programs,” Ms Staley said.

“True Foods also supports the local arts scene and the schools-based RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge, and provides free products to the Salvation Army and Avoca Food Bank for distribution to local people in need.

“The great work being done by True Foods here in Maryborough is a wonderful return on the Coalition Government‟s investment.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Coalition Government preserves Talbot’s history

* * - Thursday, October 09, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government invest $90,000 to restore historic Talbot Arts and Historical Museum
  • Investment to restore 144-year old building to its former glory
  • Victorian Coalition Government a strong supporter of the Central Goldfields

Talbot’s historic Methodist Church building, home of the Talbot Arts and Historical Museum, will be restored thanks to a $90,000 investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner in Talbot today to announce the $90,000 investment to restore the 144-year-old building to its former glory.

Mr Ryan said the Talbot Arts and Historical Museum first opened in 1984 in the town’s Methodist Church, built in 1870.

The Museum houses more than 600 photographs, a large collection of historical records from local institutions, and artefacts from the district’s pioneers and early settlers.

Mr Ryan said the building was beginning to show its age, with the Coalition Government’s $90,000 investment to fund important restoration work, including repairs to the mortar and stonework, and improvements to the drainage and plumbing.

Mr Ryan said this latest investment followed an earlier $40,000 contribution from the Regional Growth Fund to repair the foundations of the building in preparation for this restoration.

“I am pleased to be in Talbot to make this important funding announcement that will deliver a number of key improvements to this magnificent old building,” Mr Ryan said.

“While none of us here today were around when it was first built, I, along with Scott Turner, look forward to returning when the works are complete to see the building as it was 144-years-ago.

“Talbot’s growing reputation as a key local tourist town has been aided by the development of the Talbot Heritage Trail, and by delivering this important restoration here at the Museum we are further cementing its reputation as a great place to visit.”

Mr Ryan said the restoration would be a shot-in-the-arm for the volunteer-run museum and its dedicated members, ensuring they can continue to showcase the region’s rich history from a wonderful heritage building.

Mr Ryan said the $90,000 Talbot Arts and Historical Museum Restoration project would be completed by the middle of next year.

The Central Goldfields Shire Council will manage delivery of the project.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

New trails set to draw even more visitors to Mildura

* * - Wednesday, October 08, 2014

 

  • $600,000 Murray River Trail investment to link key sites along the Murray River in Mildura
  • Investment to deliver an additional 5.35 kilometres of cycling and walking trails along Murray River to draw more visitors to the region
  • Victorian Coalition Government continues its strong support of the region

An additional 5.35 kilometres of cycling and walking trails will link key sites in Mildura including Blandowski Walk, Chaffey Bend, Apex Park, Old Mildura Homestead, Mildura Ski Club and Riverside Golf Club.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan and The Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp today visited Apex Park to announce the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $300,000 in the $600,000 Murray River Trail Infrastructure project.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government’s investment would be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, with the Mildura Rural City Council set to invest $225,000 and a further $75,000 of in-kind support.

Mr Ryan said the project would include the construction of 5.35 kilometres of shared, off-road cycling and walking trails, and the installation of bollards, trail signs and seating.

When completed, the Murray River Trail will run from Blandowski Walk, behind Merbein Winery, and continue along the riverfront to the Riverside Golf Club.

Mr Ryan said the additional sections of trail would respect the importance of biodiversity and the Indigenous heritage of the region.

“Mildura is one of Victoria’s most iconic regional centres, renowned for its natural beauty, great food and wine, and of course the Murray River and its historic paddleboats,” Mr Ryan said.

“The creation of these linking trails, which brings many of Mildura’s key visitor attractions, will further enhance this region’s reputation as a great place to visit for a weekend, a week or longer.

“Having a fully connected trail will draw more visitors to Mildura, including cyclists and walkers, it will encourage a more active and healthy community, and most importantly it ties together some of the region’s best known and most loved local assets.

“The new sections of trail will make cycling or walking along the Murray River in Mildura much safer for people of all ages, enabling them to safely get out amongst it and enjoy the fresh air and beauty of this magnificent region.”

Mr Crisp said many regions right across Victoria were benefitting from the development of cycling and rail trails and it was great Mildura was joining in.

“Cycle tourism is growing rapidly, with many regions seeing a boost in visitor numbers thanks to recently developed cycling and rail trails,” Mr Crisp said.

“It is incredibly pleasing that our community has recognised the great potential cycling and walking trails can bring to a region, and I am sure once completed the Mildura River Trail will be right up there with the best.

“The key to our river trail will be linking together all the wonderful assets we already have, and it will tie in well with the works being undertaken as part of the $18.3 million Mildura Riverfront development.

“For visitors, a morning spent on the river trail, taking pictures and visiting all the key sites along the river from Merbein to the golf club, followed by an afternoon at the new water park or having a coffee or a cool drink by the river will certainly be a day out to remember.”

Mr Crisp said completing these sections of trail would deliver an estimated $1.3 million in benefits to the local economy, and create a number of local jobs during construction.

He said the works would be completed by the middle of 2016.

Mr Crisp said this project was another example of how Mildura was continuing to benefit from the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which had so far invested more than $36 million to deliver 35 local projects, generating $225 million in total leveraged investment.

“The Nationals, working in Coalition Government, fought hard to secure investments such as the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, and I, along with the Deputy Premier will continue to be strong advocates for this region when it comes to securing even more funding,” Mr Crisp said.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Lamattina's expansion gets juices flowing in Thurla

* * - Wednesday, October 08, 2014

 

  • Lamattina Beverages’ $5.53 million juicing plant opens in Thurla
  • Plant creates eight jobs and cements region as premier juice producer
  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $150,000 in the project

Lamattina Beverages’ new $5.53 million purpose-built factory at Thurla has increased carrot juice production by 50 per cent, created eight new full-time jobs and cemented the Sunraysia region as one of Australia’s premier juice producing areas.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan today opened the new carrot juice concentrating plant alongside Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and The Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp.

The Victorian Coalition Government invested $150,000 in the project, which enabled Lamattina Beverages to relocate from Merbein to Thurla, and expand production of carrot juice concentrate from 14,000 tonnes per year to 21,000 tonnes.

Mr Ryan said the project had improved product quality, delivered significant operational cost savings to the business through access to natural gas and recycled water, and improved the company’s transport and logistics facilities.

“Today’s opening marks an exciting day for Lamattina Beverages, the Victorian Coalition Government and the Sunraysia region more broadly,” Mr Ryan said.

“This $5.53 million investment has cemented the Sunraysia region as one of Australia’s premier juice producing regions, something locals can be extremely proud of.

“It has delivered eight new full-time jobs, with more to follow, and the benefits of this additional employment are set to flow right through the local economy.

“I applaud Rocky and Angelo Lamattina, the Lamattina family, the workers at Thurla and those who grow the carrots on-farm.

“Investments such as these are proof there is a great future in Sunraysia’s manufacturing industry, particularly in value-adding food production.”

Mr Crisp, who was a strong driver of the project, said the investment was another example of

The Nationals’ commitment to supporting local businesses in the Sunraysia region, and praised Lamattina Beverages for its ongoing investment in the region.

“Without great local companies like Lamattina Beverages willing to invest in our region, we would struggle to maintain our position as one of the best juice producing regions in Victoria and Australia,” Mr Crisp said.

“Major expansions such as this are not easy, it takes a team effort and requires everyone to be pulling in the right direction to achieve the great outcomes we can see in front of us.”

Mr Crisp said the most exciting part of this $5.53 million investment was the fact it would lead to the development of a number or new exciting products that would further enhance the region’s reputation as a juice-producing powerhouse.

“Lamattina Beverages is already a market leader in supplying carrot juice concentrate and this will only be further enhanced with this new plant enabling it to develop exciting new products for both the local and export markets,” Mr Crisp said.

“The company is currently finalising the development of a new fresh carrot juice product, which I have been told is due to hit the stores soon, and I, along with the Deputy Premier, can’t wait to try it.”

Mr Crisp said the decision to relocate to Thurla was aided by the Coalition Government’s $100 million Energy for the Regions Program, which is investing more than $9 million to expand Mildura’s pipeline capacity for the supply of natural gas.

“This investment will increase the capacity of the Mildura pipeline by 50 per cent, and is expected to be operational early next year, ahead of the winter peak,” Mr Crisp said.

“The new factory here in Thurla will benefit from this increased supply, ensuring future growth at Lamattina Beverages can be accommodated.”

Mr Crisp said the investment is further proof that the Coalition Government’s decision to invest in gas infrastructure across Victoria would deliver significant gains for business, and followed last week’s visit to Robinvale, where he announced the town would be connected to reticulated natural gas using an innovative CNG delivery solution.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Victorian Coalition Government delivers for Kilmore

* * - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier announces $140,000 for $190,000 Kilmore Town Centre Revitalisation Study
  • Study to deliver a strategic plan to revitalise commercial precinct
  • Visit coincides with the start of the $450,000 Mill Street Focal Space Project

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan visited Kilmore today to mark the start of the $450,000 redevelopment of Kilmore’s Mill Street, which will deliver a new pedestrian plaza and other key improvements.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan, said the Mill Street Focal Space Project would create a modern retail and community hub in the heart of Kilmore, linking Sydney Street with Kilmore Creek.

Mr Ryan said Mill Street would be transformed into a vibrant pedestrian plaza, incorporating a viewing platform, seating, shade structures, landscaping and paving.

“This project is one of the key investments to be undertaken here in the CBD prior to the Kilmore Bypass,” Mr Ryan said.

“Kilmore residents and businesses have been calling for this important work to be completed for years and the Coalition Government is proud to have answered by investing $300,000 from our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to support this $450,000 project.

“Creating a modern and accessible CBD supports local businesses and encourages locals and visitors to spend more time and money in Kilmore.

“The Nationals, working in a Coalition Government, will continue to invest in our local communities to deliver improved local infrastructure such as the works which are being undertaken here in the heart of Kilmore.”

During his visit, Mr Ryan also announced that the Coalition Government would invest $140,000 from the Regional Growth Fund to support a $190,000 planning study to further revitalise Kilmore’s town centre ahead of the Kilmore Bypass.

Mr Ryan said the Kilmore Town Centre Revitalisation Study would outline plans to enhance the town’s commercial precinct, and supported the works being undertaken in Mill Street.

“Kilmore has been experiencing steady population growth due its proximity to Melbourne and excellent transport links to the city,” Mr Ryan said.

“It is important that we continue to support and invest in Kilmore as its population grows.

“The Nationals, working in a Coalition Government, look forward to working alongside the Mitchell Shire Council to deliver these important planning and infrastructure projects here in Kilmore.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Labor will cut the country

* * - Monday, October 06, 2014

 

  • Labor’s pamphlet reveals it will cut funding to country Victoria by $1.936 billion
  • Labor copycats policies which are already in action
  • Labor puts up token spending to cover massive cuts

Labor’s pamphlet, released today, reveals Labor will cut funding for country Victoria by at least $1.936 billion, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said today.

“Labor’s claims it will spend $200 million on regional jobs, $1 billion on regional roads over eight years, and reinstate its token Regional Infrastructure Development Fund are token offerings to disguise huge cuts in the country,” Mr Ryan said.

“Labor steals your wallet then offers you one of your own stolen banknotes as a distraction.

“In the next term of government, Labor, if elected, would cut the Regional Growth Fund ($500 million); cut the Murray Basin Rail Project (up to $220 million); cut up to three quarters of the roads maintenance budget ($1.5 billion); and cut the Country Roads and Bridges program ($160 million).

“It would return a token $200 million for a regional jobs fund, far less than the $500 million the Coalition has already set aside in the Regional Growth Fund – which Labor has said it will axe. The Regional Growth Fund has already invested more than $440 million in 1,600 projects, generating $1.8 billion of investment and 5,000 jobs in regional and rural Victoria.

“Labor’s pledge to spend $1 billion on regional roads over eight years equates to $125 million a year – up to a 75 per cent cut. This year, the Coalition invested $500 million in roads maintenance.

“Labor has said it would reinstate its token Regional Infrastructure Development Fund, which its glossy brochures tell us invested just $61 million a year – $611 million over a decade – so that’s $244 million over the next term of government.

“That’s a $2.38 billion cut from the country and $444 million offered as a replacement – Labor cuts the country by $1.936 billion,” Mr Ryan said.

“Furthermore, Labor’s copycat regional jobs ‘policies’ released today are already reality under the Regional Growth Fund, which Labor aims to axe.

“Labor says it will set up Regional Business Centres and Regional Cities Clusters to ‘provide expert advice and assistance to businesses looking to expand or relocate to regional Victoria’.

This is already done under the Regional Growth Fund.”

Regional Development Victoria already manages 18 regional offices which ‘facilitate investment, jobs and exports, creating a local contact point for businesses, council and community groups’.

RDV also has a Business Engagement Team which ‘engages with Victorian regional businesses to promote the development of sustainable industries that are growth orientated and export focussed’.

“Labor has refused to commit to the Murray Basin Rail Project, worth up to $220 million, which will transform the way goods are transported in western and northern Victoria, creating countless jobs and huge opportunities for business and exports,” Mr Ryan said.

“Labor has also refused to commit to the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges program.

“Labor will cut the country by $1.936 billion, print a glossy brochure and try to fool regional Victorians into believing it invests in the regions.

“Labor will cut the country.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

New facilities to attract visitors at Agnes Falls

* * - Friday, October 03, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier inspects new facilities at the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve
  • New picnic area and amenities expected to attract more visitors to the waterfalls
  • Victorian Coalition Government supports tourism in regional areas

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in the Strzelecki Ranges yesterday to inspect the new visitor facilities at the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government had invested $195,000 to upgrade the new facilities at Agnes Falls.

“Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve in Gippsland is home to a spectacular waterfall that cascades over a series of rocks over a 59 metre drop,” Mr Ryan said.

“Tourists and locals already know that Agnes Falls is a spectacular place for a picnic or short walk, and the upgraded facilities will help to attract more visitors to this wonderful tourist attraction.

“The new facilities include a picnic shelter with tables, toilets, new signage and plans for a new lookout over the picturesque park.

“The new facilities will greatly enhance this special part of the world, attracting more visitors to the park and delivering benefits to our regional economy.”

The Deputy Premier acknowledged the work of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, South Gippsland Shire Council, Parks Victoria and the Friends of Agnes Falls.

Mr Ryan reserved particular praise for the Friends of Agnes Falls’ Kathy Whelan.

“Kathy is a wonderful ambassador for Agnes Falls and her passion for the place is infectious.”

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien welcomed the upgrade at Agnes Falls and acknowledged a new partnership with Corrections Victoria.

He said that Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place, a culturally appropriate community corrections centre for Koori men, would be involved in the ongoing maintenance of the local tourism site.

 “This project really shows environmental partnerships in action and demonstrates the many benefits of using local knowledge and developing relationships beyond the park boundary.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404


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