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Coalition committed to a stronger Aboriginal Victoria

  • Coalition commits $15.7 million to Aboriginal Affairs if re-elected
  • 40 more people to be inducted onto the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll
  • Victorian Coalition committed to closing the gap, protecting cultural heritage

 

A re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will invest almost $16 million over four years in new and extended funding to preserve and respect cultural heritage, promote reconciliation and close the gaps on Aboriginal disadvantage.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Tim Bull said the Victorian Coalition Government is strongly committed to the protection of Victoria’s rich Aboriginal cultural heritage and closing the gap on Aboriginal disadvantage. 

“A re-elected Coalition Government will significantly increase support to Traditional Owner organisations, properly funding them to undertake their important work protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage for the benefit of future generations,” Mr Bull said.

“We inherited from Labor a chronically under-funded Aboriginal heritage protection system, which has resulted in delays in development approvals and Traditional Owner organisations struggling to pay for heritage protection activities required by legislation.

“A re-elected Coalition Government would commit almost $12 million over four years to sustainably fund Registered Aboriginal Parties, which are the Aboriginal organisations charged with advising on, and protecting, cultural heritage.”

Mr Bull said a re-elected Coalition Government would also induct a further 40 outstanding Aboriginal Victorians onto the highly successful Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll.

“This will ensure more than 100 remarkable Aboriginal people and their achievements and contributions to the community will forever be held in high honour,” Mr Bull said.

”A re-elected Coalition Government will also invest $1.9 million to closing the gap in economic outcomes by driving the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Strategy and boosting economic opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses.”

The commitment builds on the Coalition’s record $61.7 million investment to close the gap in Aboriginal health, funded in last year’s State Budget.

“We have restored funding to Reconciliation Victoria since coming to office and will provide a further $800,000 over four years to support the organisation to continue its important work bringing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together in lasting reconciliation,” Mr Bull said.

“The work of Reconciliation Victoria will be especially important over the next few years given the Federal Government’s proposal to hold a referendum to recognise Aboriginal people in the Commonwealth Constitution by 2017.”

A re-elected Napthine Government will also invest $1 million over four years to establish an audio-visual collection of the stories of Aboriginal Victoria to be held across the public library network.

“This collection will be an invaluable resource for promoting understanding and respect across the community, enabling library users, school children and local history groups to learn about the Aboriginal history of their local regions,” Mr Bull said. 

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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.”