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Coalition Government investment pays dividends for Sale’s Greenwattle Racecourse

* * - Friday, October 24, 2014

 

  • Punters won’t miss a moment of the action with a new wide screen TV for Sale Turf Club 
  • New horse stalls, fencing and gates improve safety at Greenwattle Racecourse ahead of the Sale Cup 
  • Victorian Coalition Government continues to support country racing

As the marquees go up at Sale’s Greenwattle Racecourse ahead of this Sunday’s Sale Cup, Deputy Premier and Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has announced a new big screen TV for the Sale Turf Club.

At Greenwattle Racecourse, Mr Ryan also inspected new tie-up stalls and perimeter fencing which has greatly improved safety at the track following an investment of $58,733 from the Liberal National Coalition Government.

Mr Ryan said more than $109,000 had been invested in the new 47 square metre big screen TV to be installed on the infield at the racecourse and to give a significantly better view of the races for everyone at the track.

“Joint funding from the Coalition Government and the racing industry of almost $218,250 will see a magnificent new big screen TV installed at Sale’s Greenwattle Racecourse,” Mr Ryan said.

“This is great investment that will also provide the Sale Turf Club with significant savings as it currently hires mobile screens for its major race meetings such as the Sale Cup this Sunday.

“Currently at non-feature racedays there is no big screen available to patrons.

“As well as saving on the hire costs of a mobile screen, the Sale Turf Club now has the chance to generate revenue by hiring out the big screen for local events such as movies, expos and other community events,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said today’s announcement was in addition to investment at the racecourse that included the construction of new horse stalls and fencing improvements.

“The new tie-up stalls are a boost for racing and training at Sale and will improve safety conditions, particularly for the horses, their trainers and strappers,” Mr Ryan said.

“The project, jointly funded by the Coalition Government and the racing industry, resulted in the demolition of 15 dilapidated stalls and replaced with 18 new modern stalls.                                                                                                                

“The Coalition Government has provided $58,733 towards this new project through its Victorian Racing Industry Fund, with the Sale Turf Club and Racing Victoria each contributing $29,366 towards the total project cost of $117,465.”

Mr Ryan said these upgrades built on other recent improvements at Sale racecourse funded by the Coalition Government including an enhanced irrigation and drainage system and a new set of practice starting stalls.

Sale Turf Club chairman David Wilson said with 20 race meetings annually, the provision of a big screen would ensure more than 20,000 patrons that frequented the course would not miss a minute of the action. 

“The new and larger tie-up stalls ensure horses, trainers and strappers are provided with a safe environment leading into their race. 

“The additional new stalls complete the replacement program which provides the club with 123 tie up stalls to be used on race day and during early morning track work conducted on a daily basis,” Mr Wilson said.
 
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said the Coalition Government was a strong supporter of country racing and was committed to growing the economic and social benefits that arise from the racing industry.

“The racing industry provides an economic benefit of $110 million to Gippsland, including 1,100 full-time jobs and the direct participation of more than 5,600 people,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Coalition Government’s $80 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund, derived from unclaimed dividends and on-course wagering taxes, is critical to growing these economic benefits,” he said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to backing these important projects because it is vital to foster growth in the racing industry, which is worth $940 million annually to the state’s rural and regional economy.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404 

Deputy Premier announce Benalla Botanical Gardens facelift

* * - Thursday, October 23, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier announces $400,000 for Benalla Botanical Gardens facelift
  • Project to create a modern community precinct
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better regional and rural Victoria

The children’s precinct at the historic Benalla Botanical Gardens will receive a major facelift including new play equipment, a new formal entry, open space play areas, better seating, new garden beds and connecting pathways.

The facelift is part of a $610,000 investment designed to breathe new life into the popular local attraction, bringing it in-line with today’s expectations.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan, Liberal candidate for Euroa Tony Schneider and Member for Benalla Bill Sykes in Benalla today to announce the facelift and provide the news that the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $400,000 of the $610,000 required to complete it.

Mr Ryan said $300,000 of the Coalition Government’s $400,000 investment would be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, with $100,000 coming through the Community Facility Funding Program, administered by the Minister for Sport Damian Drum.

Mr Ryan said the remaining $210,000 would be provided by a number of community contributors including Benalla Rural City Council ($167,000), Tomorrow Today Foundation ($13,000), Friends of the Gardens ($10,000), and Rotary Club of Benalla ($20,000 in-kind).

Mr Ryan said the $610,000 investment would fund:

  • demolition and site preparation;
  • upgrade of plumbing in existing facilities and amenities;
  • landscaping of new garden beds and refurbishment of pathways;
  • construction of play equipment, formal entry, community open space and seating; and
  • improvements to the public car park.

“Located in the heart of Benalla, the botanical gardens is a popular spot for family picnics, and a key visitor drawcard, particularly for those travelling up and down the Hume Highway,” Mr Ryan said.

“Over the past few years the gardens, particularly the area in which we are standing here today, has begun to show its age and is in desperate need of a facelift.

“Both Bill Sykes and Steph Ryan have been lobbying hard alongside the Benalla Rural City Council to secure this investment, and I am proud to be here today with them to announce this important funding has been secured.”

Mr Ryan said the works would rejuvenate the parklands and create an attractive and functional open-air space for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

The improvements will complement the surrounding attractions including the Benalla Art Gallery and the Lake Benalla Boardwalk.

“When complete, this project will have created a community hub with the capacity to increase tourism and boost the local economy,” Mr Ryan said.

“It will also make this great location an even more popular place for locals to spend time, particularly on weekends and warm summer evenings, and I look forward to returning here to see these wonderful additions and improvements once complete.”

Mr Ryan said works would begin shortly and would be finished by this time next year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Growth Fund delivers for Katandra West

* * - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $999,000 towards $1.3 million Katandra West Community Centre
  • Project will support Katandra Kats and a wide-range of user groups
  • Coalition Government building a better regional and rural Victoria

The Victorian Coalition Government will invest almost $1 million to build a new community centre in Katandra West, delivering a one-stop-shop for local sports clubs, community events, meetings and celebrations.

The new Katandra West Community Centre will be located at the Katandra West Recreation Reserve, replacing the century-old Katandra West Hall as a centre-point for life in the small Goulburn Valley community.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr in Katandra West today to announce the Coalition Government will invest $999,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in the construction of the $1.3 million community centre.

The Katandra West Community Facilities Committee of Management will provide $150,000 towards construction of the new community centre, with the Greater Shepparton City Council providing a further $151,000.

Mr Ryan said the $1.3 million investment will deliver a 685-square metre multipurpose facility, featuring:

  • a large multi-purpose area and meeting room;
  • male, female and disabled toilets;
  • female and umpire change rooms; and
  • commercial kitchen, cool room, storage space, bar and serving area.

Mr Ryan said the new community centre will benefit a number of local user groups including the Katandra Kats Football and Netball Club, local cricket and tennis clubs, Country Women’s Association, CFA, Girl Guides, Ukiah Club and Katandra West Primary School.

Mr Ryan said the new community centre will be the ideal location to host community celebrations such as birthday parties, weddings and engagement parties, community meetings, conferences and other community events.

“Every small town needs a modern, accessible and useable community space to host local events and celebrations,” Mr Ryan said.

“While the existing community hall has served Katandra West for more than a century, it is beginning to show its age and no longer meets the needs and expectations of the community.

“The Coalition Government’s almost $1 million investment will deliver a modern and flexible community centre that will be a focal point for the Katandra West community for the next 100 years, and is sure to be the scene of many great nights for locals.

“This investment will deliver modern facilities for local sports clubs such as the mighty Katandra Kats, with the new umpire and female change rooms to be a welcome addition, particularly for the netballers.

“This project is another terrific example of why The Nationals, working in a Coalition Government, fought to secure the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund, we have been able to invest in countless projects similar to this right across regional and rural Victoria, projects that would otherwise have struggled to attract funding support from government.”

Mr Barr, a passionate Katandra West local, welcomed this investment, describing it as long overdue.

“As a local, I know how important the community hall is to our community,” Mr Barr said.

“Whether it’s hosting Girl Guides, school concerts, the football/netball club ball, 21st birthday parties, weddings and funerals, the community hall has seen it all.

“To now have a facility of this calibre at our disposal for local meetings and other community events is a real shot-in-the-arm for Katandra West.

“I am proud to be part of a strong National Party team which continues to deliver for the Goulburn Valley and its many communities including Katandra West.”

Mr Barr said construction would begin shortly with the project to be completed by the end of next year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

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

Regional Growth Fund delivers for Natimuk

* * - Friday, October 03, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $80,000 in multi-purpose facility at Natimuk Showgrounds
  • New facility will support large community events such as the Nati-Frinj Festival
  • Victorian Coalition Government continues to build a better regional Victoria

The Natimuk Showgrounds, home of the iconic Nati-Frinj Festival, will receive a major facelift with the the construction of a new 178 square metre multi-purpose building.

The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy invited Deputy Premier Peter Ryan to Natimuk today to announce the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government would invest $80,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in the $212,500 project.

Ms Kealy said it was an honour to be at Natimuk Showgrounds alongside the Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty to make this exciting funding announcement.

Ms Kealy said the project would involve the construction of a 178 square metre multi-purpose building including first aid and parents’ rooms, new toilets, equipment storage, a covered BBQ area and covered public viewing area.

Ms Kealy said the project would also incorporate paths to connect the new facility to other buildings in the showgrounds precinct

“This investment will also deliver important safety outcomes for the community because the showgrounds are a designated relief centre during local emergencies,” Ms Kealy said.

“The development of a new multi-purpose building will enable more people to be accommodated here in greater comfort during floods, fire and other disasters.

“It will also support the work of the Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society, the neighbouring Natimuk Men's Shed, the Arapiles Historical Society, Natimuk Tennis Club, Natimuk Football and Netball Clubs, and the Natimuk Primary School.

“I thank the Coalition Government for this investment and acknowledge in particular Peter Ryan and Hugh Delahunty for their strong support for this region.

“As The Nationals candidate for Lowan, and working within a Coalition Government I will continue to be a strong voice for Natimuk and this region to ensure more projects such as this are supported and delivered by all levels of government.”

Mr Ryan said it was an honour to be in Natimuk alongside Emma Kealy and Hugh Delahunty, praising their strong and constant advocacy for the region.

Mr Ryan said The Nationals, working in Coalition Government, were a strong supporter of communities in the Wimmera and were proud to invest in this important local project.

“In addition to the benefits outlined by Emma Kealy, I understand this investment will support iconic community events such as the biennial Nati-Frinj Festival,” Mr Ryan said.

“I have been told by many locals that Natimuk is famous for two things, rock climbing and Nati-Frinj, with the festival having a strong reputation as a major cultural event for the region that not only brings this community together but attracts more than 1,500 visitors to town.

“Rock climbers, artists, musicians, those coming from the city for a great time, those wanting to socialise or meet new friends, and many others are attracted to this magnificent festival, and I am proud that we as a government can support it and other local user groups.”

Mr Ryan said The Nationals fought hard to secure investments such as the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which he said could only be spent in the regions outside of Melbourne, to support initiatives such as the development of this new multi-purpose facility here in Natimuk.

“If given the chance to again govern Victoria in Coalition with the Liberals, The Nationals and our candidates such as Emma Kealy will continue to be a strong voice for this regions to ensure they continue to receive their share of funding.

“This government understands, we as The Nationals understand, that when the regions do well the whole state prospers.”

Mr Ryan said the new multipurpose building would be completed and functional by October next year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Deputy Premier announces $1.3 million to complete important link to the Great Southern Rail Trail

* * - Friday, October 03, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $1.3 million in Great Southern Rail Trail
  • Investment completes 2.6 km section of trail between Koonwarra and Meeniyan
  • Project will deliver a $1.9 million a year boost to the local economy

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan yesterday announced funding of $1.3 million for an iconic project known as the Black Spur that will complete an important section of the Great Southern Rail Trail.

In Koonwarra, Mr Ryan said the $1.85 million project would complete the 2.6 kilometre section of the rail trail between Koonwarra and Meeniyan, and create a 69 kilometre route between Leongatha and Welshpool.

Mr Ryan said the Black Spur section would be carried out in two stages, with the first stage to include the construction of new bridges. The works will include:
demolition and reconstruction of two historic bridges spanning the Black Spur Creek;
construction of a 130 metre connecting trail between the two bridges; and
construction of a picnic area and viewing location at the end of the second bridge.

Mr Ryan said stage two would connect the end of the second Black Spur rail trestle bridge and picnic area to Meeniyan. The works will include:
reconstructing a 146 metre bridge that spans the Tarwin River;
constructing a 170 metre connecting trail between two bridges; and
constructing an 800 metre connecting trail between bridge three and Minns Road.

“The Black Spur project will complete the missing section of the rail trail and create a seamless 69 kilometre route between Leongatha and Welshpool,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1.3 million investment included $1 million from the Regional Growth Fund and $290,000 from the Advancing Country Towns program.

Mr Ryan said the South Gippsland Shire Council invested $562,184 towards the project.

“The Great Southern Rail Trail is a major asset to the South Gippsland region, attracting tourists, supporting local businesses and improving the health and wellbeing of local residents,” Mr Ryan said.

“When complete, the Black Spur connection will provide more than $1.9 million in annual economic benefits to the region through tourism-related business opportunities, employment and new attractions.”

Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien welcomed the investment and commended the Great Southern Rail Trail Committee for their work.

“Extending the rail trail has been a high priority for the Coalition Government, the community and the Committee of Management, and thanks to this investment we will now complete another vital link in this impressive rail trail,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This Black Spur leg will consolidate the entire length of the rail trail between Leongatha and Welshpool and represents the realisation of a long held vision for the Great Southern Rail Trail.”

Mr O’Brien said the project would be completed by December 2015.

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Shepparton is a KidsTown

* * - Thursday, September 25, 2014

 

  • Deputy Premier announces $69,000 for KidsTown playground redevelopment
  • Also announces $320,000 to upgrade the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve
  • Victorian Coalition Government is building a better regional and rural Victoria

The fruit bins playground at KidsTown in Shepparton is set for a major overhaul with the Victorian Coalition Government investing $69,000 to redevelop the much-loved local park.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr at KidsTown today to announce the Coalition Government’s investment towards the $70,000 KidsTown Fruit Bin Playground Equipment Upgrade.

Mr Ryan said the project would redevelop the fruit bins playground, with the existing worn-out play equipment to be replaced by a new maze and modern play equipment, suitable for children of all abilities, including those in a wheelchair.

“KidsTown’s fruit bins playground was developed by the community, in partnership with SPC, more than 20 years ago and has been a popular visitor attraction ever since,” Mr Ryan said.

“Over recent years the existing equipment has begun to show its age and is in urgent need of replacement.

“The Nationals recognise the importance of this great local facility, which attracts 165,000 visitors per year, and we are thrilled to be investing in this important local project.

“This investment will deliver modern play equipment and a challenging maze that will entertain and engage local kids for another 20 years.”

Mr Barr welcomed the Coalition Government’s investment, saying the community would be thrilled at the news, particularly the many local businesses, service clubs and individuals who have donated time and money to develop and maintain this iconic local facility.

“KidsTown is a much-loved and popular local playground, and as a local parent I understand how dear it is to the hearts of our local children and their parents,” Mr Barr said.

“I am pleased the Coalition Government has recognised the importance of KidsTown to the community and had the foresight to invest $69,000 to deliver this much-needed upgrade.”

During his visit to KidsTown, Mr Ryan also announced the Coalition Government would invest almost $320,000 towards a $640,000 upgrade to the power supply at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve.

Mr Ryan said the project would overhaul the Reserve’s power supply, enabling it to host a greater range of local sporting and community events.

“The Mooroopna Recreation Reserve is the premier community precinct in Mooroopna and is home to the Mooroopna Football Netball Club, Mooroopna Cricket Club, as well as hosting local tennis, bowls, croquet, Auskick, gymnastics and other community celebrations, events and private functions.”

“To ensure the Reserve can continue to cope with the vast array of local sporting and community events held here each and every week, it was important that we as a government invested to deliver the appropriate power infrastructure.

“While this investment doesn’t deliver a new grand stand, clubrooms and scoreboard, none of these things are of any benefit without the necessary electrical work to back it up.

“By investing to upgrade the power infrastructure now, we can ensure that any money spent at the Reserve in the future will have an immediate and beneficial impact on local user groups and the broader community.”

Mr Barr said this investment had been a key priority for the Mooroopna community.

“With this project now funded, thanks to the Coalition Government’s investment, the community can begin focussing on further developments at the Reserve, particularly those outlined in the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve master plan,” Mr Barr said.

“As The Nationals candidate for Shepparton, I will continue to be a strong voice for Mooroopna to ensure we are at the front of the line to secure Victorian Coalition Government funding.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Study to examine MCG deck to Melbourne Park

* * - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Feasibility study to explore options for a deck over Brunton Avenue and adjacent rail lines
  • Potential to further improve Melbourne’s renowned sports and entertainment precinct
  • Coalition Government building a better Victoria

The Victorian Coalition Government today announced it would investigate opportunities to connect the Melbourne Cricket Ground to Melbourne Park, following a request from the MCG Trust and the MCC.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum today joined MCG Trust Chairman Bob Herbert, Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) President Paul Sheahan and CEO Stephen Gough to announce a feasibility study into building a deck over Brunton Avenue and the rail lines adjacent to the MCG and Melbourne Park.

“Following a request from the MCG Trust and MCC, a feasibility study will investigate decking over Brunton Avenue and the adjacent rail lines,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government will provide support through relevant departments.

“Such a development could improve our world-famous sporting precinct by adding features such bars, restaurants, or a live site area including screens for fans to watch the action as it happens inside the 'G'.

“Any proposed development needs be thoroughly investigated so we attract even more national and international events into what is already the world‟s best sport and entertainment precinct.

“Contemporary stadium precincts around the world are making great use of their existing space to improve the spectator experience.”

Singapore Sports Hub, Hong Kong Sports Hub (currently under consideration), Staples Centre in Los Angeles, and the London Olympics Precinct are all examples of how spaces can be used for live sites, corporate and sponsor facilities, bars and dining, and digital broadcast infrastructure.

The MCG Trust and MCC will manage the feasibility study under the guidance of a joint steering committee including the Government and Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust.

“We welcome the opportunity to investigate the feasibility of utilising the space above the existing railyards,” Mr Gough said.

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“There are many possibilities and we are excited by the prospect of further enhancing the sporting precinct around the MCG.”

Mr Drum said the study will also consider how existing facilities at the MCG and Melbourne Park might benefit from the additional space created by a deck, such as an expanded National Sports Museum, the future redevelopment of the Great Southern Stand, and space to accommodate a growing Australian Open.

“I congratulate the MCG Trust and the MCC for their enthusiasm and their proactive approach to this development proposal,” Mr Drum said.

The feasibility study will consider such things as:

  • the types of activities the deck could accommodate;
  • the public benefits;
  • project costs;
  • design options and engineering challenges;
  • implications for operations in the rail corridor;
  • the timeline for funding and delivery; and
  • any return on investment opportunities that can be achieved.

Mr Drum said the MCG Trust and the MCC had already identified the need to establish links for efficient and safe movement of people within the corridor, including the separation of people and cars where possible.

“Major events like this week‟s AFL Grand Final highlight just how important the MCG is to the fabric of Victoria‟s sporting culture,” Mr Drum said.

“As the capacity of the precinct grows, the safety of patrons, particularly those on Brunton Avenue and Punt Road seeking access to Richmond Station and beyond, must also be a priority.

“The Victorian Coalition Government, with its proven commitment to this iconic sporting precinct, is ideally placed to drive this exciting proposal.”

View the MCG Deck Concept https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ndkh4u8q8yj30p0/AADhsbWnpdXQxDQu49lYARSJa?dl=0

Media contacts: Les White 0409 805 122

Garry Lyon supports Regional Victoria Living Expo at Royal Melbourne Show

* * - Monday, September 22, 2014

 

  • AFL great Garry Lyon drops in to Royal Melbourne Show stand in support of next year’s Regional Victoria Living Expo
  • Expo offers information on regional housing, career, education, health, lifestyle
  • Expo to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1-3 May

Former AFL champion and media personality Garry Lyon has dropped in on the Regional Development Victoria stand at the Royal Melbourne Show, helping promote the Regional Victoria Living Expo.

Mr Lyon, raised in Kyabram in northern Victoria, joined Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan at the Regional Development Victoria stand to promote the three-day Regional Victoria Living Expo, which will run from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 May 2015.

Mr Lyon, a long-time supporter of the Regional Victoria Living Expo, gave a passionate speech at last year’s event, telling listeners his heart had never left his home town.

“Regional Victoria is a great place to grow up and a great place to raise kids,” Mr Lyon said.

“The space and sense of community is great for children and adults too. The country lifestyle has many advantages the city can't offer – like a 10 minute commute to work.”

Mr Ryan said the Royal Melbourne Show, which attracts half a million visitors, was a great opportunity to promote the advantages of regional living.

“The Royal Melbourne Show showcases the best on offer from regional Victoria and is one of Melbourne’s premier events with a genuine connection to country living,” Mr Ryan said.

“The RDV stand at the Show will give people considering relocating to regional Victoria access to the right information to plan their move, while entertaining the kids with plenty of activities including fishing games, rock climbing and finger painting.

“The Regional Victoria Living Expo will showcase Victoria’s 48 regional councils as well as information on career, housing, health, education and lifestyle opportunities in regional Victoria. It allows attendees to speak directly with regional real estate agents and to sample Victoria’s great food and wine, with regional food tastings.

“Almost 10,000 people attended last year’s expo and it’s easy to see why. On-stage performers will provide entertainment for all ages, while the Kids' Interactive Zone and Sports in the Community Precinct will engage children with interactive and educational games.

“An Arts and Culture Program will feature at the 2015 Expo, curated by Arts Victoria, in conjunction with Regional Arts Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and Public Galleries Association of Victoria.

“I am also pleased to note that major sponsor First National Real Estate – a company founded in regional Victoria – will continue its support in 2015,” Mr Ryan said.

For more information about the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo, visit www.regionalliving.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Support for local sporting clubs to build inclusive facilities

* * - Thursday, September 04, 2014

 

• Up to $50,000 available for local clubs to partner with Victorian Coalition Government to build or upgrade their facilities

• Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program to support local projects

• Clubs encouraged to offer in-kind support for new facilities

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has encouraged local clubs to apply for funding to improve their facilities through the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 million Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program.

Mr Ryan said the program rewarded innovative community clubs and organisations with dollar-for-dollar funding of up to $50,000 for sport and recreation facility projects that encouraged participation, improved safety, delivered innovative facilities and for improvements that were environmentally sustainable.

Mr Ryan said projects that were eligible for funding included:

  • outdoor sports surfaces;
  • outdoor playing field developments;
  • unisex accessible change rooms, toilets and showers for facility users;
  • outdoor sports lighting;
  • indoor sports surfaces including lighting;
  • permanent/fixed equipment such as gymnastics floors;
  • water sports facilities;
  • multi-purpose training facilities; and
  • seasonal pool upgrades to support club activities.

“This program is a game-changer for local sporting clubs, acknowledging the hard work of volunteer administrators by providing financial support for projects that make a big difference to local people,” Mr Ryan said.

“Through this program we are keen to support local sport and recreation clubs which can source materials or have qualified tradespeople such as electricians or plumbers to provide in-kind support to projects.

“We want to unlock the capacity of local clubs to deliver sporting infrastructure, in particular the capacity of local sports communities to provide in-kind labour and materials towards a project.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said clubs and communities wanting to access this funding should contact their local council to discuss potential projects.

Mr Drum said local councils could apply for up to $50,000 to support two projects in their region and that each project could have a total cost of up to $150,000.

“The Coalition Government is proud to invest in a program that promotes the importance of inclusive partnerships between clubs, local and state government, whilst generating additional economic activity in local communities,” Mr Drum said.

“It’s the Coalition Government that understands community sport, and it’s only the Coalition Government that can implement programs that make a real difference to local sport.”

Mr Ryan said more information about the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program and other community sporting facility funding programs was available online at www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/local-facilities-for-local-clubs or by contacting his office in Sale on 5144 1987.

Mr Ryan said applications for the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program close on Monday, 15 September 2014. 

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404


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