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$12.5 million to upgrade Grains Centre of Excellence

  • $12.5 million to upgrade and expand Grains Centre of Excellence at Horsham
  • Research capacity boosted with new laboratories, greenhouses & infrastructure
  • Napthine Coalition is building a better agriculture industry for Victoria


A re-elected Coalition Government will invest $12.5 million to upgrade Victoria’s Grains Centre of Excellence, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh announced today.
 
Mr Walsh, joined by The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy, said the $12.5 million investment would enhance research capabilities at the Horsham centre.
 
“The Liberal-Nationals Coalition recognises that modern facilities are crucial to equipping our research centres to undertake important, cutting-edge work that supports our agricultural industries,” Mr Walsh said.
 
“Under a re-elected Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government, $12.5 million will be invested into a modernisation project at the Horsham centre that will improve and expand existing laboratories and greenhouses, and upgrade critical infrastructure including power, water, IT capacity and road access.”
 
Ms Kealy welcomed the announcement and said it would be another enhancement to Horsham’s growing research hub.
 
“The creation of the Australian Grains Genebank and the new Bayer CropScience wheat and oilseed breeding centre at Longerenong College alongside an upgraded Grains Centre of Excellence at Horsham will help establish Horsham as the leading place for grains research in Australia,” Ms Kealy said.
 
“The Grains Centre of Excellence modernisation project will help us to attract and retain world-leading scientists here at Horsham.
 
“The Nationals in government set a goal to double food and fibre production in Victoria by 2030, and we are committed to making the research, development and extension investments that are critical to helping our farmers meet that target.”
 
Mr Walsh said the Liberal-Nationals Coalition’s commitment to farmers was in stark contrast to Labor, which failed to commit any additional funding for critical research, development and extension work.

“This $12.5 million commitment comes on top of the additional $60 million a re-elected Coalition Government has already committed for a further four years of the successful Growing Food and Fibre initiative, which partners with industry to co-invest in strategic research, development and extension projects,” Mr Walsh said.
 
“Only the Liberal-Nationals Coalition has committed the funding necessary to deliver the research, development and extension programs needed that will help Victoria’s food and fibre producers increase productivity and profitability.”
 
In 2013-14 Victorian cereal, oilseed, pulse and processed grain exports totalled $1.955 billion.
 

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Labor fails on regional freight infrastructure

  • Labor’s $95,000 study is a joke without commitment to Murray Basin Rail Project
  • Labor don’t understand infrastructure & transport needs of regional Victoria
  • Labor will cut the country

 

Labor’s claims today to care about freight logistics around Ararat is completely contradicted by its own policy to scrap Victoria’s biggest freight rail project, The Nationals campaign spokesperson Peter Walsh said today.

Labor says it will “provide Ararat Rural City with $95,000 to undertake a feasibility study and build the case for Ararat to become a major freight and logistics hub”.

Local Labor candidate Daniel McGlone even rightly says: “Freight is one of our state’s leading industries. If Ararat can claim its place in the regional supply chain, we can create local jobs.”

“Labor wants to rip-up $220 million freight rail project and replace it with a $95,000 feasibility study,” Mr Walsh said.

“Labor says they understand the importance of freight to local jobs, yet they will tear up the landmark $220 million Murray Basin Rail Project which will standardise freight rail lines from Mildura to Geelong and deliver huge benefits directly to Ararat.

“The Murray Basin Rail Project will connect north-west Victoria with major export gateways in Portland, Geelong and Melbourne, with billions of dollars worth of produce flowing through Ararat. Around $3 billion worth of food, fibre and minerals is exported from the Murray Basin annually.

“Without the Murray Basin Rail Project and under a Labor government, Ararat will never be a freight hub because vital upgrades to western Victorian rail will never occur.

“Instead, Labor would be forcing more freight onto trucks, ripping up local roads.

“The money for the Coalition’s Murray Basin Rail Project has already been provided for in the 2014-15 budget. If Labor are only going to spend $95,000 on a half-baked feasibility study, there is no doubt they will be spending the remaining $219,905,000 trying to sandbank the city seats from the Greens.

 “Labor will cut the country.”

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Wangaratta to benefit from $100 million regional infrastructure fund

  • Deputy Premier announces a re-elected Coalition Government will establish a $100 million infrastructure fund for regional cities
  • Wangaratta is one of 10 regional cities to benefit from $100 million fund
  • The Nationals candidate for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy welcomes commitment

 

Wangaratta will be one of 10 regional cities to benefit from a new $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to be established by a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the grants program would be delivered out of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and would invest in infrastructure projects that help regional cities keep up with their growing populations.

“Regional Victoria is going through a period of significant growth. While this is fantastic news for communities and local economies, it will place pressure on regional infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“If the Coalition Government is re-elected we will introduce the $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to support critical economic and social infrastructure, urban renewal, and sporting and cultural facilities in these cities to ensure they remain vibrant and successful.

“The fund will be in addition to – not replacing – existing and future government funding for important traditional infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and police stations.”

The Nationals candidate for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy  said the current combined population of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities was expected to increase from 800,000 to 1.1 million people by 2031.

“Wangaratta is one of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, with a population of around 27,197 people – expected to reach 31,556 by 2031,” Mr McCurdy said.

“While this isn’t surprising to locals who know the city is a fantastic place to live, it is important that Wangaratta is equipped with the resources to handle the forecast population growth.

“The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, know that when the regions do well, the entire state does well. So we are committed to ensuring regional cities continue to thrive.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund the Coalition Government has already invested more than $7 million into 34 projects in Wangaratta, leveraging almost $13 million worth of total investment.

“This compares to the Labor Party’s policy of scrapping the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – and therefore the Regional Cities Infrastructure Program – and replacing it with their failed Regional Infrastructure Development Fund which over 11 years invested just $611 million across the entire state.”

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Latrobe City to benefit from $100 million regional infrastructure fund

  • Deputy Premier announces a re-elected Coalition Government will establish a $100 million infrastructure fund for regional cities
  • Latrobe City is one of 10 regional cities to benefit from $100 million fund
  • The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe welcomes commitment

 

Latrobe City will be one of 10 regional cities to benefit from a new $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to be established by a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the grants program would be delivered out of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and would invest in infrastructure projects that help regional cities keep up with their growing populations.

“Regional Victoria is going through a period of significant growth. While this is fantastic news for communities and local economies, it will place pressure on regional infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“If the Coalition Government is re-elected we will introduce the $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to support critical economic and social infrastructure, urban renewal, and sporting and cultural facilities in these cities to ensure they remain vibrant and successful.

“The fund will be in addition to – not replacing – existing and future government funding for important traditional infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and police stations.”

The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe said the current combined population of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities was expected to increase from 800,000 to 1.1 million people by 2031.

 “Latrobe City is one of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, with a population of around 73,846 people – expected to reach 90,741 by 2031,” Mr Northe said.

 “While this isn’t surprising to locals who know the Latrobe Valley is a fantastic place to live, it is important that Latrobe is equipped with the resources to handle the forecast population growth.

“The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, know that when the regions do well, the entire state does well. So we are committed to ensuring regional cities continue to thrive.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund the Coalition Government has already invested more than $20.7 million into 78 projects in Latrobe City, leveraging more than $75.1 million worth of total investment.

“This compares to the Labor Party’s policy of scrapping the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – and therefore the Regional Cities Infrastructure Program – and replacing it with their failed Regional Infrastructure Development Fund which over 11 years invested just $611 million across the entire state.”

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Mildura to benefit from $100 million regional infrastructure fund

  • Deputy Premier announces a re-elected Coalition Government will establish a $100 million infrastructure fund for regional cities
  • Mildura is one of 10 regional cities to benefit from $100 million fund
  • The Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp welcomes commitment

 

Mildura will be one of 10 regional cities to benefit from a new $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to be established by a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the grants program would be delivered out of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and would invest in infrastructure projects that help regional cities keep up with their growing populations.

“Regional Victoria is going through a period of significant growth. While this is fantastic news for communities and local economies, it will place pressure on regional infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“If the Coalition Government is re-elected we will introduce the $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to support critical economic and social infrastructure, urban renewal, and sporting and cultural facilities in these cities to ensure they remain vibrant and successful.

“The fund will be in addition to – not replacing – existing and future government funding for important traditional infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and police stations.”

The Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said the current combined population of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities was expected to increase from 800,000 to 1.1 million people by 2031.

“Mildura is one of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, with a population of around 52,685 people – expected to reach 64,288 by 2031,” Mr Crisp said.

“While this isn’t surprising to locals who know the city is a fantastic place to live, it is important that Mildura is equipped with the resources to handle the forecast population growth.

“The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, know that when the regions do well, the entire state does well. So we are committed to ensuring regional cities continue to thrive.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund the Coalition Government has already invested more than $36.4 million into 35 projects in Mildura, leveraging more than $225.7 million worth of total investment.

“This compares to the Labor Party’s policy of scrapping the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – and therefore the Regional Cities Infrastructure Program – and replacing it with their failed Regional Infrastructure Development Fund which over 11 years invested just $611 million across the entire state.”

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Shepparton to benefit from $100 million regional infrastructure fund

  • Deputy Premier announces a re-elected Coalition Government will establish a $100 million infrastructure fund for regional cities
  • Shepparton is one of 10 regional cities to benefit from $100 million fund
  • The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr welcomes commitment

 

Shepparton will be one of 10 regional cities to benefit from a new $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to be established by a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the grants program would be delivered out of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and would invest in infrastructure projects that help regional cities keep up with their growing populations.

“Regional Victoria is going through a period of significant growth. While this is fantastic news for communities and local economies, it will place pressure on regional infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“If the Coalition Government is re-elected we will introduce the $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to support critical economic and social infrastructure, urban renewal, and sporting and cultural facilities in these cities to ensure they remain vibrant and successful.

“The fund will be in addition to – not replacing – existing and future government funding for important traditional infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and police stations.”

The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr said the current combined population of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities was expected to increase from 800,000 to 1.1 million people by 2031.

“Shepparton is one of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, with a population of around 62,784 people – expected to reach 77,797 by 2031,” Mr Barr said.

“While this isn’t surprising to locals who know the city is a fantastic place to live, it is important that Shepparton is equipped with the resources to handle the forecast population growth.

“The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, know that when the regions do well, the entire state does well. So we are committed to ensuring regional cities continue to thrive.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund the Coalition Government has already invested more than $15 million into 40 projects in Shepparton, leveraging $178.8 million worth of total investment.

“This compares to the Labor Party’s policy of scrapping the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – and therefore the Regional Cities Infrastructure Program – and replacing it with their failed Regional Infrastructure Development Fund which over 11 years invested just $611 million across the entire state.”

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Horsham to benefit from $100 million regional infrastructure fund

  • Deputy Premier announces a re-elected Coalition Government will establish a $100 million infrastructure fund for regional cities
  • Horsham is one of 10 regional cities to benefit from $100 million fund
  • The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy welcomes commitment

 

Horsham will be one of 10 regional cities to benefit from a new $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to be established by a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the grants program would be delivered out of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and would invest in infrastructure projects that help regional cities keep up with their growing populations.

“Regional Victoria is going through a period of significant growth. While this is fantastic news for communities and local economies, it will place pressure on regional infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“If the Coalition Government is re-elected we will introduce the $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to support critical economic and social infrastructure, urban renewal, and sporting and cultural facilities in these cities to ensure they remain vibrant and successful.

“The fund will be in addition to – not replacing – existing and future government funding for important traditional infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and police stations.”

The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy said the current combined population of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities was expected to increase from 800,000 to 1.1 million people by 2031.

“Horsham is one of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, with a population of around 19,687 people – expected to reach 22,571 by 2031,” Ms Kealy said.

“While this isn’t surprising to locals who know the city is a fantastic place to live, it is important that Horsham is equipped with the resources to handle the forecast population growth.

“The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, know that when the regions do well, the entire state does well. So we are committed to ensuring regional cities continue to thrive.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund the Coalition Government has already invested more than $11 million into 40 projects in Horsham, leveraging almost $69 million worth of total investment.

“This compares to the Labor Party’s policy of scrapping the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – and therefore the Regional Cities Infrastructure Program – and replacing it with their failed Regional Infrastructure Development Fund which over 11 years invested just $611 million across the entire state.”