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Festival celebrates community inclusiveness

* * - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

 

·        Free events to bring community together at Easter Tarra Festival
·        Support Gippsland producers by enjoying local food and beverages
·        Activities for children at the Family Fun Day at Won Wron

A festival that was first run on a budget of just $15 in 1972 will be held in the Yarram area for the 42nd consecutive year this Easter, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

“The Tarra Festival is a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate this fantastic area of Gippsland and all the things that make it great,” Mr Ryan said.

“The festival is co-ordinated by a dedicated team of volunteers from local service groups and community organisations with the aim of creating a program that appeals to all ages.”

Mr Ryan said a prominent feature of the festival each year was Saturday’s street parade.

“Floats entered in the street parade will follow this year’s theme of ‘A taste of country’,” Mr Ryan said.

“For the first time, a mobility scooters category has been added to the parade and a feature from the first parade, the pram category, will make a return.”

Mr Ryan said it was pleasing that Gippsland produced food and beverages, including products from Grand Ridge Brewery and Wild Dog Winery, would be available at the festival.

“When the regions are thriving, Victoria thrives so it’s important that farmers and regional producers are supported so they can continue to contribute to our local economy in the many ways they currently do,” Mr Ryan said.

One of the festival organisers Kim Hutton said the committee had worked hard this year to include an event for everyone.

“If you’ve never attended the festival before, this is the year that I urge you to attend,” Ms Hutton said.

“The program includes a free concert in the park, the Family Fun Day, markets, tai chi, a golf stableford, children’s activities, bush walking, history and open garden displays and a social dance to encourage everyone to spend some time in Yarram this Easter.

“Many of the activities from the first festival are still on the program, which shows how much the community does enjoy and support the event.”

Ms Hutton said for the first time this year, Easter church services had been incorporated into the event program.

For more information or to view the program, visit: www.tarrafestival.com.au/

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

New Poowong CFA Station open for business

* * - Monday, April 07, 2014
  • Deputy Premier opens new Poowong CFA station
  • Local firefighters can better protect lives and save property from the threat of fire
  • Coalition Government is delivering record investments in regional and rural infrastructure

The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government has invested more than $400,000 to build a new CFA station at Poowong, increasing the capacity of local firefighters to protect lives and save property from the threat of fire.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Poowong today to open the new $434,000 Poowong CFA station.

“The Coalition Government is proud to support CFA members by providing them with the facilities and equipment they need to save lives and property,” Mr Ryan said. 

“This new, modern three-bay fire station has improved meeting and training facilities.

“It also provides space for the brigade’s response trailer, which was previously housed at a brigade member’s property.

“The new Poowong CFA station will ensure the Poowong Fire Brigade is well equipped to perform its critical work now and into the future.”

Mr Ryan said the new CFA station would help attract and boost membership at the unit, which has 37 members who attend about 60 calls each year.

“The Poowong Fire Brigade has provided an invaluable service to the communities of Poowong, Loch and Nyora since it was formed 132 years ago,” Mr Ryan said.

“It has played a vital role in protecting the local community and the people of Victoria during some of the state’s biggest fires, including the Black Saturday fires in 2009.

“The Coalition Government is proud of the vital work performed by the CFA and we will continue to support them.”

Mr Ryan said the new Poowong CFA station had been funded through the Rural Fire Station project and highlighted the Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to build and upgrade rural fire stations.

“Since 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $1.84 billion,” Mr Ryan said.

 “This financial year the CFA Budget is $446 million, $47 million more than what was provided by the former Labor Government during its last year in office.

“We have also invested more than $125 million over the past three years to build 250 new or upgraded CFA stations across the state, a record infrastructure investment for the CFA.

“The Liberal Nationals Coalition Government’s record investment is strengthening Victoria’s emergency services.”

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

 

Gippsland Vehicle Collection celebrates 10 years of motoring in Maffra

* * - Friday, April 04, 2014

  • Gippsland Vehicle Collection celebrates 10 successful years
  • More than 70,000 enthusiasts have visited
  • Display vehicles are regularly changed over

More than 70,000 car enthusiasts have admired displays at the Gippsland Vehicle Collection in Maffra since the group first formed 10 years ago.

Speaking at the museum’s 10th birthday celebration today, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the collection provided a significant economic benefit to the Maffra community.

“In April 2004, the decision was made to try and establish a motoring museum for Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said.

“The group signed a lease for this property with Murray Goulburn in December 2004 and the members set about creating a home for what would one day become the Gippsland Vehicle Collection.

“Over the following two-year period, the group raised $80,000 by holding vehicle displays and participating in the Maffra Mardi Gras to transform the facility into the magnificent collection it is today.”

Mr Ryan said the Gippsland Vehicle Collection has showcased between 70 and 120 cars and motorcycles at once and has successfully operated out of the Maffra Shed since its inception in October 2006.

“More than 70,000 visitors have visited the collection since its opening in 2006 and in 2010, it attracted 10,000 visitors in one year for the first time,” Mr Ryan said.

“The majority of vehicles in the collection are privately owned and leased or loaned to the club and this unique element allows the collection to be regularly changed to reflect a new theme, such as cars of the 1970s, Holdens, Fords, American-made or British-made vehicles.”

Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull said the collection is a fantastic community asset for Maffra and the wider Gippsland community.

"Having taken my own family, I can attest to what a great experience a visit to the museum is, and I encourage local residents and visitors alike to check out the collection," Mr Bull said.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870

Sports facility funding now open to local clubs

* * - Thursday, April 03, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He said CFFP funding was available in these six categories: 

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870

Two local show societies receive funding

* * - Thursday, April 03, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 


Local groups share in $26,000 to conserve the natural environment

* * - Friday, February 21, 2014

A program to treat mange in wombats and two vegetation recovery projects will share in more than $26,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Communities for Nature grants program.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Communities for Nature grants helped environmental groups to undertake practical grassroots programs that conserved local areas.

“It gives me great pleasure to provide funding to three local groups that will use the grants to carry out works in Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said.

“Gippsland is a magnificent area of Victoria and I’m thrilled that these three groups, among many others, are looking after the natural environment so it can be enjoyed by locals and visitors.”

The local recipients are:

* Volunteer Group of Wildlife Carers – Treatment of mange in wombats - $14,114;

Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park – Mountain Ash Recovery project - $7,831; and

Point Smythe Co-op – Cape Liptrap Coastal Park Banksia Woodland Restoration - $4,692.


“More than 380 applications were received for this round of grants, and the high quality of applications reflects the significant works being carried out by community groups throughout the state,” Mr Ryan said.

“I congratulate these groups on their initiative and commitment to our environment and encourage other organisations throughout the electorate to access this in the future.”

Mr Ryan said the local recipients were among 115 groups across the state to share in $4.1 million of funding that would be rolled out over two years.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the Coalition Government’s most recent $4.1 million grant round delivered practical partnerships between government, community and environmental groups.

“After 11 years, Labor left Victoria’s ecosystem with a legacy of waste and mismanagement,” Mr Smith said.

“Across the life of the Communities for Nature grants program, the environment will benefit to the tune of $20 million.

“These grants are another example of the Coalition Government’s ability to deliver real and tangible support to local communities that directly benefit the environment.”

To find out more about the Communities for Nature grants, phone Mr Ryan’s Sale office on 5144 1987.

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

Avenue of Agriculture highlight of Show

* * - Monday, February 17, 2014

A new feature at this year’s Foster Show will shine a spotlight on the breadth of quality food produced by the Gippsland agriculture industry, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

“The Avenue of Agriculture highlights the variety of food grown and produced in this magnificent region, much of which is sold throughout Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

“Truffles, unique jams and preserves, 30 varieties of fruit and nuts and locally grown pepper and garlic are some of the foodie delights that will be available,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said it was important to recognise the contribution that local farmers made to Victoria’s economy and urged the community to support their efforts by visiting the Avenue of Agriculture this Saturday.


Mr Ryan said he was thrilled to be presenting this year’s Junior Show Ambassador awards. 

“The Junior Show Ambassador awards recognise some of Foster’s young residents that are dedicated to improving their community and demonstrate leadership among their peers,” Mr Ryan said.

“Young leaders are the lifeblood of rural communities and contribute in many ways through sporting clubs, Landcare, primary school programs and show societies so it’s fantastic to see their efforts recognised.”

He said the winner of the Junior Show Ambassador award would represent the district at the Central and South Gippsland Regional Final at Korumburra in May.

“This year’s show will celebrate 60 years of oat-filled sacks being tossed over a bar when it hosts Victoria’s longest running sheaf tossing championship,” Mr Ryan said.

“For those not familiar with sheaf tossing, it involves a competitor using a pitchfork to throw a 3.2 kilogram oat filled sack over a bar that is raised after each competitor’s ‘toss’ has successfully cleared the bar.”

Mr Ryan said it was great to see that Leon Murphy, the man who introduced Foster to sheaf tossing in 1954 was opening the 107th Foster Show.

“I urge Gippslanders to come and enjoy some of the events at the 107th Foster show on 22 February to ensure the event can be enjoyed by generations to come,” he said.

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

$500 grant for Mt Lyall Landcare

* * - Monday, February 10, 2014

Mt Lyall Landcare will receive $500 from the Victorian Coalition Government to improve the knowledge of its members through group learning activities, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

Mr Ryan said the funding would be used to produce Landcare newsletters and host events where members could learn how to better protect the environment and improve sustainability on their properties.

“An example of how the funding helps with operating costs will be demonstrated when the group hosts its upcoming Eucalyptus Field Day,” Mr Ryan said.

“By funding projects and activities like this, it helps Landcare groups to continue the incredible work that benefits the local community and the environment.”

Mr Ryan said the grant rewarded the hard work of local volunteers who were dedicated to making sure the natural environment could be enjoyed by future generations.

“The work of Landcare members is admirable and also important in the protection and conservation of our environment,” Mr Ryan said.


Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the Coalition Government was delighted to help Landcare groups continue to improve the health of Victoria’s land, water and biodiversity.   

Mr Smith said three types of grants were available through the 2013-14 Victorian Landcare Grants program that included: 

Group and network start-up grants of $1,000; 
Up to $20,000 for project grants; and 
Group maintenance grants of $500.

For information on Landcare groups and networks in Gippsland, visit www.landcarevic.net.au 

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

South Gippsland citizens win community honours

* * - Sunday, January 26, 2014

 

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan attended Leongatha’s Australia Day celebration at McIndoe Park today and applauded those who had received an Australia Day award for their volunteering efforts in the local community.

Mr Ryan said recipients of Australia Day awards contributed to their communities through various avenues including committees, sport and recreation clubs and emergency service organisations.

“I congratulate those people and groups that were shortlisted for awards and hope they take pride in knowing that their efforts have been recognised and appreciated by the wider community,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan congratulated the following South Gippsland Australia Day Awards winners:

• Citizen of the Year – Anne McIntyre;
• Community Event of the Year - Leongatha Courthouse centenary celebrations; and
• Young Contribution Certificate winners – Sam Wilson, Eleanor McKenzie and Ashley Heath.

Mr Ryan also welcomed new Australian citizens as members of the South Gippsland community.

“On behalf of the South Gippsland community, I warmly welcome these new citizens to share in the opportunities and lifestyle this magnificent region has to offer,” Mr Ryan said.

Recognising Australia Day award winners

* * - Sunday, January 26, 2014

 

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan attended Sale’s Australia Day event at the Botanic Garden today and applauded those who had received an Australia Day award for their volunteering efforts in the local community.

Mr Ryan said recipients of Australia Day awards contributed to their communities through various avenues including committees, sport and recreation clubs and emergency service organisations.

“I congratulate those people and groups that were shortlisted for awards and hope they take pride in knowing that their efforts have been recognised and appreciated by the wider community,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan congratulated the following Wellington Shire Australia Day Awards winners:

• Community Event of the Year - 2013 Annual High Country Get-together hosted by the Gippsland Branch of the Mountain Cattlemans Association of Victoria;
• Community Group of the Year – The Five Star Project;
• Young Citizen of the Year – John Molden; and
• Citizen of the Year - Peter Donovan.

Mr Ryan also welcomed new Australian citizens as members of the Wellington community.

“On behalf of the Wellington community, I warmly welcome these new citizens to share in the opportunities and lifestyle this magnificent region has to offer,” Mr Ryan said.


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