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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 $500,000 for new pedestrian bridge in Horsham

* * - Friday, October 03, 2014

 

  • $500,000 from Victorian Coalition Government to build new pedestrian bridge
  • $1.2 million bridge will link Southbank with Horsham’s key facilities
  • The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, are building a better Horsham

Southbank residents have called for better access to Horsham’s CBD, schools, sporting facilities and health care services and the Victorian Coalition Government has answered, investing $500,000 in the construction of a new pedestrian bridge.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy and The Nationals Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty in Horsham today to announce the $500,000 investment from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government had partnered with the Horsham Rural City Council and the Southbank developer to deliver the $1.2 million new pedestrian bridge.

Mr Ryan said the bridge, to be located one kilometre west of the Western Highway Bridge, would provide a vital link between the growing Southbank residential area and the Horsham CBD.

“For years the community has called for this vital piece of local infrastructure to be built and I am proud to be here today alongside Emma Kealy and Hugh Delahunty to announce that we are going to build it,” Mr Ryan said.

“Southbank residents will now have easy access to Horsham’s CBD, shops, schools, sports facilities, health care services and other community infrastructure.

“No longer will locals have to walk more than a kilometre down to the existing bridge on the Western Highway to gain access to the CBD. It will now be just a simple walk from home, over the river and into town.

“This new bridge will provide a significant boost for the local community, local businesses and residents living in the growing Southbank residential precinct.

“The Nationals, working as part of a strong Coalition Government, are proud to partner with the Horsham Rural City Council and the private sector to deliver projects which are important to local communities.

“The Nationals will continue to invest in Horsham to ensure it remains a great community in which to live and work.”

Ms Kealy welcomed the Coalition Government’s investment and said partnerships between all levels of government and private industry were vital to ensuring a prosperous local economy.

Ms Kealy applauded the Coalition Government for investing in this project which makes it much easier for locals to walk or ride from their home into the Horsham CBD.

“By encouraging more people to walk or ride from home into town we are creating a healthier and more active community, while also providing a boost for local businesses,” Ms Kealy said.

“The construction of this important bridge will make Southbank an even better place to live, encouraging more people across the river to this wonderful part of town.

“Delivering practical local projects which make a difference to our local communities is what attracted me to The Nationals, and as The National candidate for Lowan I will continue to be a strong voice from within government to deliver important local investments such as this.

“I look forward to returning here in July next year, once this project is complete, with my family to walk across what I am sure will be a wonderful structure that the entire Horsham community can be proud of.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

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

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

Mitchelton Wines Estate announcement

* * - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The following comments can be attributed to Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan following today’s announcement by Gerry Ryan:

It is a red-letter-day for Mitchelton Wines Estate, Nagambie and Victoria.

I congratulate Gerry Ryan and the Ryan family on their $22 million investment which will deliver a first-class visitor destination rivalled by few.

This development will draw visitors to the region, grow local jobs and support local businesses.

To have a diverse tourism offering such as this within an hour’s drive of Melbourne Airport is a great thing for Victoria and is the type of investment the Victorian Coalition Government is keen to support.

It will add to other great visitor attractions within Melbourne’s reach including the Dandenong Ranges and Healesville, the Morning Peninsula and Phillip Island, Torquay and the Great Ocean Road, and Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

Mitchelton Wines Estate already has a strong reputation for producing some of Victoria’s finest wine, with its Cellar Door and gourmet food of the highest order.

The addition of a 70-room hotel and day spa, a new chocolate factory and a further 90 cabins at the Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park will further cement Mitchelton Wines Estate’s reputation as an industry leader.

The 70-room hotel and day spa will attract high-paying guests from Melbourne, regional and rural Victoria, interstate and overseas, for a day, a weekend or even longer, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy.

The new $2 million chocolate factory will encourage motorists to venture off the highway and through Nagambie, providing a valuable shot-in-the-arm for local businesses following the completion of the Nagambie bypass.

The $8 million investment at Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park will further add to the accommodation offerings of this region, and has the potential to attract hundreds of additional visitors, mostly families, to Nagambie during peak holiday periods.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

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

Deputy Premier announces John Leslie Art Prize

* * - Monday, September 22, 2014

 

  • Victorian artist wins $20,000 prestigious Gippsland art award
  • Gippsland Art Gallery hosts major landscape painting prize and exhibition
  • Victorian Coalition Government is a strong supporter of the arts in Gippsland

Melbourne-based artist Shannon Smiley has taken out the prestigious $20,000 John Leslie Art Prize, presented on Friday evening by Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan at Gippsland Art Gallery.

Mr Smiley won with his painting ‘Untitled, Burnley’, which was praised by the judges for its use of contrasting elements and for its ‘equilibrium, colour and detail’.

Mr Ryan also presented Gippsland-based artist Frank Mesaric with the $1,000 prize for Best Gippsland Work for his painting ‘Figure and Cypress Pines, Denison’.

Mr Ryan congratulated each of the 35 artists whose work was short-listed for this year’s awards from over 400 entries nationwide. He thanked management and staff at Gippsland Art Gallery, Wellington Shire Council as well as gallery patron, John Leslie.

“John’s generosity and devotion to the arts and to this region are legendary,” Mr Ryan said.

“Gippsland Art Gallery is extremely fortunate to have John as its patron, and the reach and impact of the John Leslie Art Prize is a testament to that.

“The biennial John Leslie Art Prize, first held in 2000, has grown to become one of Australia’s major prizes for landscape painting, and is open to all artists living and working in Australia.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was a strong supporter of the arts, having announced in May this year it would contribute $5.5 million towards construction of the new $15 million Gippsland Art Gallery and Sale Public Library cultural and community hub.

He said the project – a partnership between the Coalition Government, John Leslie and Wellington Shire Council – would not only deliver a first class arts and cultural precinct for Sale, it would also boost the profile of the John Leslie Art Prize and Gippsland art more broadly.

“A great partnership will produce a great community outcome,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan encouraged locals and visitors to view the exhibition and, while there, to vote for their favourite art work in the People’s Choice Award.

The exhibition at Gippsland Art Gallery runs until Sunday, 23 November 2014. More information is available online at www.wellington.vic.gov.au/Enjoying-Wellington/Gippsland-Art-Gallery.

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Celebrating the big difference small business makes in Heyfield

* * - Friday, September 19, 2014

  • Ryan and Bull encourage Gippslanders to buy local in the lead-up to Support Small Business Day
  • Thousands of gift cards for local small businesses up for grabs
  • Coalition Government supporting small business in regional Victoria

Gippslanders are being encouraged to buy local to support small businesses across the region in the lead-up to Support Small Business Day on Saturday 4 October.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today joined The Nationals Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull at CAFÉ 3858 in Heyfield to promote Support Small Business Day.

“Businesses such as Café 3858 in George Street Heyfield, run by Jamie Riley and Zac Stamos, contribute a great deal to our local economies,” Mr Ryan said.

“Jamie, originally from Heyfield, and Zac moved to Heyfield almost four years ago, purchasing the business and bringing with them a slice of Melbourne Café culture.

“They have grown the business which can now seat around 70 people inside, with room for another 40 in their courtyard.

“Their cafe has won several awards including Best Cafe twice and Best Coffee in the Wellington People Choice Awards and they have received numerous positive reviews in newspapers such as the Herald Sun and the Age.

“Jamie and Zac are a great example of our dedicated local small businesses owners investing in our local communities and I encourage locals to continue to support them by purchasing a coffee, cake or and some of the other delicious food they have on offer.”

Mr Bull said it was important locals supported small businesses such as Café 3858.

“Local small businesses employ local staff, which creates local jobs, they purchase local goods and services and reinvest in our local communities,” Mr Bull said.

“Whenever $100 is spent in a local small business, $50 is retained in the local economy.

“Whether it is purchasing the day’s milk for coffee, bread for sandwiches, or dropping into Tryhorn Supermarket for supplies, businesses like Jamie and Zac’s Café 3858 are reinvesting in our local communities and making your dollar go further.

“Local businesses are also the first to give back to their communities by putting up their hands to sponsor local sports clubs, charities or other local initiatives.”

Mr Bull said to further encourage locals to support local small businesses in the lead-up to Support Small Business Day, the Victorian Coalition Government and Bendigo Bank had partnered to give locals the chance to win gift cards that can be spent at participating businesses.

“There are thousands of gift cards be won as part of this initiative which runs throughout the month of September,” Mr Bull said.

“I encourage shoppers and businesses to visit the Support Small Business Day website to see some of the great competitions and initiatives which are on offer.

“Last year more than 4,000 small businesses and consumers participated in the inaugural event and it would be great if we could boost those numbers this year.”

Mr Bull said to participate, small businesses and shoppers across Gippsland could register at www.supportsmallbusinessday.vic.gov.au.

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404


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