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Newborough CFA to get $1.2 million upgrade

  • A re-elected Coalition Government to fund $1.2 million upgrade to Newborough CFA station

  • Investment will fund the purchase of land and upgrade the station to enhance emergency response capabilities

  • Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria

Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells and Member for Morwell Russell Northe today announced a re-elected Coalition Government will fund a new $1.2 million CFA station in Newborough.
 
Making the announcement at the Newborough Fire Station, Mr Northe said that the Coalition Government is building a better and safer Victoria and enhancing emergency response capabilities for Newborough and surrounding areas.
 
“Newborough Fire Brigade is nearly 60 years old. The new station will ensure Newborough’s 26 volunteer firefighters have access to the latest specialist equipment and resources to increase protection for our region and boost their own personal safety,’” Mr Northe said.
 
“Responding to around 250 callouts each year, for bushfires, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, and chemical spills, this new facility will provide an important infrastructure asset that will protect life and property for many years to come.
 
“This is fantastic news for Newborough, as it will significantly enhance emergency services in our area. Newborough Fire Brigade regularly responds to support surrounding CFA brigades at Moe, Yallourn North and Morwell.”
 
This major investment for Newborough will fund $400,000 for land acquisition and $800,000 for a new station. It builds on the Coalition Government’s proven track record in delivering significant investment in Victoria’s emergency services.
 
Mr Northe said the announcement builds on the recent delivery of $5 million funding for the new Morwell CFA station.
 
“I am proud to have delivered an array of fire-fighting resources for the Latrobe Valley area over the past four years including new fire tankers for the Tyers and Glengarry fire brigades; new CFA stations for Cowwarr, Glengarry and Glengarry East; a fire-fighting helicopter based in Traralgon this fire season; additional career fire-fighters and fleet vehicles; and amenity upgrades to a number of stations,” Mr Northe said.
 
“Since 2010, the Coalition Government has invested $2.29 billion in the CFA, more than any previous government. This financial year the CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than when Labor left office in 2010.
 
“Under a Coalition Government, Victoria’s emergency management response is better prepared and resourced than ever before.”

Regional Development Media releases SPORTS AND RECREATION

Mildura to host World Motorcycle event under Coalition Government

 

  • World Under 21 Speedway Teams Championship to come to Mildura under Coalition Government
  • A re-elected Coalition Government will continue the Significant Sporting Events Program investing a further $3.5m over the next 4 years
  • Napthine Government  investing in sporting events to build a better regional economy  

A re-elected Coalition government will bring the 2015 Under 21 Speedway Teams motorcycle championships to Mildura thanks to a $3.5 million boost to the Significant Sporting Events Program, Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum and Member for Mildura Peter Crisp announced today.
 
Mr Drum said this would be the first time Mildura has hosted a motorsport event of this stature and is just one of many national and international sporting events that will be held in regional Victoria under a re-elected Napthine Government.
 
“A Napthine Government will provide $100,000 worth of Significant Sporting Events Program funding to bring this world-class event to Mildura,” Mr Drum said.
 
“”This event is expected to bring more than 2000 visitors from around the world to Mildura and there is a projected economic boost of $5 million to the region from the staging of the Championships.”
 
“This is why a re-elected Coalition Government will increase funding for the Significant Sporting Events program by $3.5 million over the next four years.  This is in addition to the $4.8 million already locked into the budget. 
 
Mr Crisp said the Mildura Motorcycle Club had worked extremely hard to bring this event to Mildura.
 
“Our Government provided an initial Regional Development grant of $200,000 that was leveraged into $580,000 by the club members to upgrade the facility,” Mr Crisp said.
 
“That initial investment has made Mildura hosting international motorcycle events possible and today we’re thrilled to announce that this will happen under a re-elected Coalition Government.”
 
“Aside from the economic impact, and the encouragement it will provide for young people to take up the sport, I am particularly excited about the possible worldwidemedia exposure for the Sunraysia.”   
 
“A Coalition Government gives regional Victoria a true voice in terms of attracting international sporting events”.
 
 
“Regional Victoria deserves major sport and it’s the Coalition that works hardest to make that happen.”
 
An independent review of events held from 2012-2014 found a an average return on investment of 12.8 to 1 from the estimated 68,700 interstate and 7,150 international visitors to events supported by the program., many of these events being held in regional Victoria.
 

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Coalition delivers $240,000 for Goulburn Valley growth

  • $240,000 to expand fruit production in Goulburn Valley & create 40 jobs
  • Supporting four projects in Shepparton, Toolamba and Bunbartha
  • Coalition Government supporting Goulburn Valley’s horticulture industry

Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh was today joined by The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr to announce $240,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government to support the expansion of fruit production in the Goulburn Valley.
 
Mr Walsh said the investment from the Coalition’s $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund would support four projects in Shepparton, Toolamba and Bunbartha and create 40 local jobs.
 
“This is not an election promise, it is funding that has already been approved and will be delivered no matter what happens on 29 November,” Mr Walsh said.
 
The Coalition’s investment will support four projects totalling $2.88 million:

  • A new fruit grader, cool store and shed extension at ACN Orchards to improve packing efficiency;
  • An expansion at Boumbis Orchards to increase packing capacity by 50 per cent and allow the company to expand production;
  • New equipment at Barolli Orchards to allow the company to respond to a growing demand for stone and pome fruit in Asia, and increase production; and
  • New grading, shedding and packing equipment to enable Toolamba Fresh Produce to diversify into new tomato varieties.

Mr Barr said the Goulburn Valley currently produces 90 per cent of Australia’s processed fruit and these projects would ensure the local companies could expand production and unlock new export markets.
 
“The Coalition established the $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund out of the Regional Growth Fund to leverage new industry, investment and employment opportunities and support a strategic long-term plan for the region,” Mr Barr said.
 
“These are exactly the types of projects we want to support in the Goulburn Valley – projects that create jobs, expand businesses and increase production.
 
“The Coalition’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund  has invested in almost 1,800 community-driven projects outside of Melbourne, generating almost $2 billion of total investment.
 
“Our $1 billion fund is money set aside for regional spending, over and above normal spending on health, education, sport and roads.
 
“This compares to the Labor Party’s imitation fund announced this week – the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund – which is purely rebadged general revenue, not extra money for the regions.
 
“Labor is claiming to be investing in the regions while it funnels more money back to the city.
 
“Labor will cut the country.”
 

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Coalition to introduce extra train trips on Shepparton line

 

  • $178.1 million to improve Victoria’s long distance V/Line train frequencies
  • An extra evening weekday service to Shepparton under a re-elected Coalition
  • An additional return trip on both Saturday and Sunday
  • 79 extra long-distance weekly V/Line train trips around Victoria

A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will introduce extra V/Line weekday and weekend train trips on the Shepparton line, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan, who was joined in Shepparton by The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr, said this announcement was great news for the Goulburn Valley.

“The Victorian Coalition Government wants to double V/Line’s long distance train patronage within 20 years,” Mr Ryan said.

“Commencing in 2016-17, the Coalition will introduce an additional 79 weekly V/Line trips on eight long distance country rail lines – Albury, Ararat, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Maryborough, Swan Hill and Warrnambool, as well as Shepparton.” Mr Ryan said that:

  • the 4:31pm Southern Cross to Seymour weekday train would be extended to terminate at Shepparton at 7:15pm,
  • the additional Saturday and Sunday trains would depart Southern Cross at 1:12pm and arrive at Shepparton at 3:45pm, while in the reverse direction the new weekend train would depart Shepparton at 12:50pm and arrive at Southern Cross at 3:15pm.  These weekend trains would stop enroute at Broadmeadows, Wallan, Broadford and Seymour then all stations to Shepparton, and
  • the 4:05pm Saturdays Shepparton to Southern Cross train would depart slightly later.

Mr Barr welcomed the commitment which he said would be strongly welcomed by locals.

“Locals want more frequent trains. Travellers prefer trains to road coaches, so I am delighted that the Coalition has acknowledged this. Under a re-elected Victorian Coalition Government, this will occur,” Mr Barr said.

Mr Barr said at Shepparton, V/Line would call tenders for construction of a secure compound to stable trains overnight together with new train crew facilities.

“This will ensure that a train is protected from vandalism and graffiti. The compound will be built by 2016-17,” Mr Barr said.

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder passed on support and said that a re-elected Victorian Coalition Government would examine funding a new crossing loop between Seymour and Shepparton between Nagambie and Murchison East to further increase the number of trains that could operate.

Mr Mulder said that the Coalition would also investigate providing improved air-conditioning to V/Line’s N set carriages that were the mainstay of V/Line’s long distance trains.

“We will make a decision on this within a year of being re-elected,” Mr Mulder said.

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Coalition to introduce extra daily Maryborough line train

 

  • $178.1 million to improve Victoria’s long distance V/Line train frequencies
  • Extra daily return Maryborough train under a re-elected Coalition Government
  • 79 extra long-distance V/Line train trips around Victoria

A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will introduce an extra daily return train between  Ballarat and Maryborough, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan, who was joined in Maryborough by The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner, said this announcement was great news for Maryborough and the region.                                                                                                            

“The Victorian Coalition Government wants to double V/Line’s long distance train patronage within 20 years,” Mr Ryan said.

“Commencing in 2016-17, the Coalition will introduce an additional 79 weekly V/Line trips on eight long distance country rail lines – Albury, Ararat, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Warrnambool, as well as Maryborough.”

Mr Ryan said the initiative would see the 9:08am train from Southern Cross to Ballarat on Mondays to Saturdays (9:28am on Sundays) extended to Maryborough, arriving at Maryborough at 11:40am and 12 noon respectively.

“On the return, the train will commence from Maryborough at 1:10pm on weekdays, 1:35pm on Saturdays and 3:15pm on Sundays and provide a convenient afternoon train to Ballarat, Ballan, Bacchus Marsh and Southern Cross,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Turner welcomed the announcement and said the extra train would be a further boost to Creswick, Clunes and Talbot.

“The more travel options that these towns have by public transport the better,” Mr Turner said.

“Locals prefer trains to coaches, so I am very optimistic that residents of historic towns like Clunes and Talbot will support the new return daily Maryborough line train by purchasing tickets and boarding the smooth, sleek V/Line VLocity railcars that will make two return trips a day instead of just one,” Mr Turner said.   

Liberal Candidate for Ripon Louise Staley said the tourism industry in Maryborough would  gain from the extra Maryborough line trains.

“V/Line already has an extensive network of trains and coaches from Southern Cross via Ballarat or Castlemaine to Maryborough.  The extra daily train is proof positive that under a Victorian Coalition Government, Maryborough is advancing further as a rural city that attracts many visitors,” Ms Staley said.

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Extra trains on Traralgon and Bairnsdale lines and track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry

 

  • $178.1 million to improve Victoria’s long distance V/Line train frequencies
  • Extra weekday and weekend trains on the Traralgon and Bairnsdale lines
  • 79 extra long-distance V/Line weekly trips around Victoria

 
A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will give the biggest boost to Gippsland’s trains in 60 years with new train trips to be added to timetables on the Traralgon and Bairnsdale lines and more than four kilometres of single line to be duplicated between Bunyip and Longwarry, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.
 
Mr Ryan, who was joined in Traralgon to make the announcement by The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe and The Nationals Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull, said it was great news for Gippsland.
 
“The Victorian Coalition Government wants to double V/Line’s long distance train patronage within 20 years,” Mr Ryan said
 
“Commencing in 2016-17, the Coalition will introduce an additional 79 weekly V/Line trips on eight long distance country rail lines – Albury, Ararat, Echuca, Maryborough, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Warrnambool, as well as Bairnsdale.”
 
Mr Ryan said highlights on the Traralgon and Bairnsdale lines include:
 

  • an extra early-morning weekday return peak period train departing Traralgon, stopping all stations,
  • on the return, this new weekday train will depart Southern Cross at 5:10pm and stop all stations, allowing the 4:58pm train to run express from Dandenong to Drouin and then stop all stations to Traralgon,
  • an increased weekend train frequency on weekends with three additional return trains on Saturdays and four extra each way on Sundays, increasing train frequencies between 7am and 11pm on Saturdays and 8am and 9pm on Sundays,
  • extending the 6:37am weekday train from Traralgon to originate at Sale at 6am,
  • extending the 3:19pm Southern Cross to Traralgon train to Sale, arriving at 6:20pm, and
  • a new Sunday return train at 9:25am from Southern Cross to Sale and Bairnsdale where it will arrive at 1:10pm, with an extra train departing Bairnsdale at 2:00pm, arriving at Southern Cross at 5:45pm. 

Mr Ryan said the duplication of the Bunyip to Longwarry section of single track would benefit passengers by improving train punctuality on the Traralgon and Bairnsdale lines.
 
“Bunyip and Longwarry stations will each receive a new second platform with at least a 20 metre long canopy on each to protect waiting passengers from the elements,” Mr Ryan said.
 
Mr Northe said that the extra trains and track duplication would be a huge boost for the Latrobe Valley.
 
“Weekday commuters and weekend leisure travellers will be winners. The Latrobe Valley has strong links with not just Melbourne’s CBD but also Dandenong, so more frequent trains is a marvellous move,” Mr Northe said.
 
Mr Bull said Bairnsdale had already benefited from an additional two weekday return V/Line road coaches introduced earlier in 2014 between Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale.
 
“The extra Sunday trains help residents to have a choice of trains to get them to or from Melbourne for the start of the working week,” Mr Bull said.
 
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said the new timetable would formally bring Sale into V/Line’s commuter belt.
 
“The extra train trips are all about making it easier to work and study,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood was thrilled with the announcement.
 
“For a long time, the community has asked me why the track between Bunyip and Longwarry is only a single line. It is a regular cause of train delays that under a re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will be consigned to the history books,” Mr Blackwood said.
 
“Because Traralgon line trains share tracks with Metro trains between Pakenham and Southern Cross, it is vital that the V/Line trains from Warragul and Drouin arrive at Pakenham on time, or very close to it, to avoid being delayed by a suburban train pulling out just ahead of the V/Line train.
 
“Having two tracks between Bunyip and Longwarry will be very helpful to improving train punctuality on the Traralgon and Bairnsdale lines,” Mr Blackwood said.
 
Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder passed on support and said that the Coalition would also provide V/Line with capital funding to construct a secure train stabling compound at Sale and additional train crew facilities at Bairnsdale.
 
“This will keep the train that will stable overnight at Sale free from the scourge of vandalism and graffiti,” Mr Mulder said.
 
Mr Mulder said that the Coalition would also investigate providing improved air-conditioning to V/Line’s N set carriages that were the mainstay of V/Line’s long distance trains.
 
“We will make a decision on this within a year of being re-elected,” Mr Mulder said.

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Coalition Government commits to future of Stawell Gift

  • A re-elected Coalition Government will continue the Significant Sporting Events Program investing a further $3.5 million over the next 4 years
  • The Stawell Gift  just one of a number of events to be supported in Victoria by the Coalition
  • Napthine Government  investing in sporting events to build a better economy 

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum joined Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner and Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley, to announce that under a Coalition Government the future of the Stawell Gift will be secured through increased funding to the Significant Sporting Events Program.

The oldest professional footrace in the world, the Stawell Gift held over Easter is one of Australia’s most iconic sporting events and will be one of many national and international events that will be held in Victoria under a Coalition Government.

Mr Drum said that these events bring economic benefits to the state as well as inspire Victorians to get involved in sport.

“The Stawell Gift brings people from across Victoria, Australia and the world to the region with economic, social and health benefits flowing,” Mr Drum said.

“This is why the Coalition has increased funding for the Significant Sporting Event Program by $3.5 million over the next four years. 

“This is in addition to the $4.8 million already locked into the budget. The Stawell Gift will benefit from $150,000 worth of funding each year for the next four years and a commitment from the Government to work with the Stawell Athletic Club to make the event financially sustainable into the future,” Mr Drum said.

Mr Turner said that the Stawell Gift is an important event for the region and the benefits will be felt by the whole community.

“The Stawell Gift is our iconic major event, the event that showcases to all of Australia what the region has to offer, it is vital economically and for us to develop further tourism,” Mr Turner said.

“Not only will a Coalition Government secure the Gift for the next four years, but the commitment to work on a sustainable model for the future means the event can start to plan forward and become bigger and better.”

Ms Staley said a focus on regional cities and towns means the Significant Sporting Events Program is vital to regional Victoria.

“A Coalition Government gives regional Victoria a true voice, and program and events such as the Stawell Gift are unashamedly viewed as a way to inject tourism benefits for regional areas that can hold and support sporting events as well as anywhere in the city,” Mr Staleysaid.

“Regional Victoria deserves major sport and it’s the Coalition that will work hard to make that happen.”

An independent review of events held from 2012-2014 found a an average return on investment of 12.8 to 1 from the estimated 68,700 interstate and 7,150 international visitors to events supported by the program. Many of these events are held in regional Victoria.

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$85 million package to support health and wellbeing of Victoria’s seniors

 

  • $27 million boost to surgery for seniors to improve quality of life
  • $32.4 million for community-based mental health care for seniors
  • Napthine Coalition Government caring for the community 

A re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will provide an $85 million package to support the health and wellbeing of senior Victorians, Premier Denis Napthine, Minister for Health and Ageing David Davis and Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge announced today.
 
“The Coalition Government understands that a key ingredient of staying healthy and happy in older age is to remain active in the community and engaged in the activities that we enjoy,” Dr Napthine said.
 
“This package for seniors will address a full spectrum of services, including community participation and wellbeing, mental health services, targeted support for Victorians with dementia and their family and carers and increased access to elective surgery and other health care.
 
The package includes:

  • $12.1 million to support community participation and wellbeing, including funding for Men’s Sheds and University of the Third Age (U3A) organisations;
  • $32.4 million to boost community-based mental health care for seniors, a new hotline and information service for children and carers of older people with a mental illness;
  • $13.5 million to provide better research, early intervention and support for Victorians with dementia, their families and carers; and
  • $27 million to significantly increase access to specific elective surgeries for seniors, including procedures on hips, knees and cataracts.

 
Dr Napthine made the announcement at the Alamein Men’s Shed, which will be awarded a grant of $20,000 to allow it to open on Saturdays.
 
“Men’s Sheds have proven to be a fantastic way of providing men, particularly seniors, with a safe and friendly environment to meet, talk and learn new skills,” Dr Napthine said.
 
“They are an important way for local communities to combat the challenges of isolation and depression often faced by men.”
 
Mr Davis said that the package would significantly support the roll out of the Seniors Count! participation action plan launched in October this year.

He said that $4 million would be directed towards the University of the Third Age (U3A).
 
“This funding will boost the good work and reach of U3A organisations, which help seniors keep brains and bodies active with regular education, social and physical activities,” Mr Davis said.
 
Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said more than $31 million would be invested in intensive community-based mental health care for older people to be available state-wide.
 
“People experiencing a mental health issue should be given the opportunity to receive care in the community, rather than having to be admitted to hospital,” Ms Wooldridge said.
 
“This is particularly true of older Victorians, who often wish to remain in a familiar environment and close to the support of their family and friends.
 
“Supporting an older relative or friend in managing a mental illness can be a challenging task and the Coalition recognises that an information service will provide assurance and comfort to children and carers of the options available.”
 
Mr Davis said a re-elected Napthine Coalition will provide a dedicated $6 million dementia research fund.
 
“This fund will specifically target research for earlier diagnosis and treatment and will position Victoria to leverage additional funding from the Commonwealth’s $200 million dementia fund,” Mr Davis said.
 
“To support Victorians living with dementia, their carers and families, the Coalition will also provide $7.5 million to boost diagnosis, treatment and support services.”
 
Mr Davis said a re-elected Napthine Coalition will deliver $27 million to boost surgery places for the most common surgeries accessed by senior Victorians.
 
“Of this, $25 million will be provided as a once-off, competitive funding pool to significantly increase the number of hip and knee surgeries, and $2 million will be provided for cataract surgery,” Mr Davis said.
 
Mr Davis also said that a re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will continue its cost of living measures for eligible seniors initiated during the current term of government, including year-round energy concessions, discounted energy plans through energy retailer AGL, stamp duty relief and the introduction of a new Seniors Business Discount Card in 2015 for senior Victorians who are still working full time.
 
Member for Burwood Graham Watt welcomed the initiative, particularly the $20,000 grant to the Alamein Men’s Shed.
 
“The Alamein Men’s Shed is a valuable community asset that gives local men a place to meet, establish social networks and work on projects for the good of the community,” Mr Watt said.

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Deputy Premier opens Alexandra Oval Community and Recreation Centre

  • Alexandra Oval Community and Recreation Centre opens in Ararat
  • Centre will provide accessible space and better facilities for community sport
  • Victorian Coalition Government invested $1.15 million in the facility

The $3.8 million Alexandra Oval Community and Recreation Centre was officially opened today by Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan and Minister for Sport Damian Drum.

Mr Ryan, who was also joined by The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner and Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley, said the Victorian Coalition Government was a proud supporter of the project, investing a total of $1.15 million.

Mr Ryan said the investment had delivered new football and netball change-rooms and showers for home and away teams, umpire change rooms, a separate trainers’ room, coaches’ room, first-aid room, offices and a timekeeper’s box.

He said it also included a multi-purpose community space that can seat 200 people, meeting rooms, commercial kitchen, bar, canteen and display cabinets.

“To have a facility such as this is something special for Ararat and it is a project we are thrilled to have supported,” Mr Ryan said.

“Scott Turner has been a big supporter of this project with his role at the Ararat Football Netball Club, and he tells me the boys can’t wait to begin pre-season training with a facility such as this now at their disposal.”

Mr Drum said investing to redevelop sporting facilities was a key focus for The Nationals and the Coalition Government.

“I travel all over Victoria in my role as the Minister for Sport and have seen the inside of many community centres and clubrooms, and I can confidently say this is one of the best,” Mr Drum said.

“The Coalition Government is proud to invest in projects such as this to create more active and healthier communities, while also encouraging more people to participate in local sport.”

Mr Turner, a passionate member of the Ararat Football Club, said it was an honour to be here with the Deputy Premier and the Minister for Sport to open the clubrooms.

“For many years we have wanted a facility such as this here at Alexandra Oval, and to now be here standing in it is a real honour,” Mr Turner said.

 “I know the boys are itching to try out the new facilities and it is sure to make next year one of our best years in recent memory.”

Mr Turner said it was not just the football club which would benefit, with the netball club, Aradale, Chalambar and St Andrew’s cricket clubs, the Grampians Disability Cricket Team and Ararat City Tennis Club to be based here during their respective seasons.

“The new facility will also host community groups and schools for events and activities and can also be booked for wedding receptions, engagement parties, 18th and 21st birthdays and other local celebrations,” Mr Turner said.

“I am certain it will play host to many memorable nights for many years to come.”

Ms Staley said she was impressed by the size and scale of the new facility.

“Communities need modern and functional community spaces such as this to host a wide-variety of events,” Ms Staley said.

“Gone are the days of a single use clubroom that is only used for six months of the year.

“It is pleasing to see so many local groups are going to make use of this facility, delivering benefits to locals right across the region.

“I am a proud supporter of local sport and it is pleasing to be working as part of a strong Coalition Government team which continues to deliver benefits to this part of the state.”

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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.