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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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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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$75 million for a Youth Employment Strategy

A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will implement a strategy that tackles youth unemployment and gives Victoria’s young people the best chance of getting a job, Premier Denis Napthine announced today.
 
From April next year, the Youth Employment Strategy will support young Victorians aged 15 to 24 years, who have been unemployed for more than six months and are not enrolled in full time education or training, with the right skills and experience to gain a rewarding and meaningful job.
 
Highlights of the Youth Employment Strategy include:

  • vouchers of $2,000 each to assist small businesses with recruitment and start-up costs;
  • WorkCover premium rebates to any business that employs an eligible young Victorian for 12 months; and
  • payroll tax exclusion for eligible new employees for up to 12 months.

Dr Napthine said that many young Victorians need extra support to gain employment experience.
 
“What young Victorians have been telling me is that they have been rejected from a job because they don’t have any experience, yet the job they are seeking would give them the experience they so desperately want,” Dr Napthine said.
 
“This comprehensive Youth Employment Strategy will make it more attractive for employers to give young Victorians the experience they need to go onto bigger and better things.”
 
Vouchers to assist small business with start-up costs

Dr Napthine announced that the Coalition will invest $40 million for up to 10,000 eligible participants per year to receive a $2,000 voucher. This voucher will be redeemed by any small business upon employing the eligible participant and will assist in covering start-up costs.

The voucher will include an upfront payment to the employer of $400, with the balance redeemed on a pro-rata basis, and fully redeemable when the participant is employed for six months.
 
“We understand that small businesses in particular bear a significant cost when employing additional staff,” Dr Napthine said.
 
“These vouchers will not only assist these businesses with costs associated with staff training, inductions and uniforms, but give young Victorians the boost they need to improve their opportunities when looking for a job.”
 
The participant may be employed on a full-time, part-time or casual basis for a minimum average of 15 hours per week. The vouchers will be available from April 2015 for two years.
 
WorkCover rebate

Dr Napthine also announced that the Coalition will invest $12.4 million to enable businesses that employ an eligible participant for 12 months to have a full WorkCover rebate premium for one year. This will deliver an average saving of $455 per eligible employee to each business.
 
“The Coalition Government’s sound financial management has delivered low WorkCover premiums compared with other states and territories. But we can always do more,” Dr Napthine said.
 
“This rebate will lower the cost of doing business in Victoria even further and significantly boost the job prospects of young Victorians into the future.”
 
Payroll Tax exclusion

The Coalition Government will invest $22.8 million for each eligible participant to be excluded from payroll tax calculations for up to 12 months.
 
Dr Napthine said that businesses will save an average of $1,736 per employee as a result of this initiative.
 
“This is about reducing business costs and giving young Victorians the help they need to get out of the Centrelink queue and into a job,” Dr Napthine said.
 
Building on our record

The Youth Employment Strategy builds on the Coalition Government’s record in providing unprecedented support for young people who are preparing for and starting in the workforce for the first time.
 
This includes:

  • $1.2 billion a year for skills training subsidies by the Coalition Government – a 50 per cent increase on Labor’s last budget in 2010-11. A further $5.2 billion for Victoria’s training system has been committed over four years by the Coalition Government. 

The Future Skills package to provide young people with the skills for future jobs

  • $41.9 million to fund future skills developed by TAFE institutes across Victoria, including $21.9 million for the Chisholm Institute’s Frankston Campus to build a new Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Trades to skill the next generation of leaders and managers in advanced manufacturing; and
  • $20 million for Victorian TAFEs to innovate and better meet changing industry, student and employer demand.

Modernising TAFEs (through $200 million TAFE Structural Adjustment Fund)

  • $64 million for the newly formed Bendigo Kangan Institute including a new Centre for Health and Human Services;
  • more than $40 million for  Federation Training in Gippsland; and  
  • $22.7 million investment in next generation blended learning.

Employment Start Up for Business

  • $7.5 million to provide jobs for young unemployed Victorians aged 15 to 25 years old in small to medium businesses where a skills shortage exists;
  • investment will help at least 1,750 unemployed young Victorians to find a job; and
  • $4,000 grant to employing businesses – $1,000 when a young person is hired into a full-time role for at least 30 hours per week, and a further $3,000 after the employee has been employed for 16 weeks and is enrolled in accredited training.

$12 million Your Future, Your Choice initiative  

  • $9 million initiative over four years that will assist year 9 and year 10 students at risk of disengagement in schools across Victoria, gain hands on experience in vocational training. Students will attend a partner TAFE campus or training provider throughout a school term to gain exposure to future career and training options; and
  • $3 million for a new phone line and website to provide support and career advice for adults, youth, parents and employers. This service will include expert advice, career direction and referral services to better inform decisions regarding employment and training.   

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Coalition commits to Go Goldfields Program

  • A re-elected Liberal Nationals Government to fund Go Goldfields
  • Funding to be delivered over the next three years
  • Coalition  Government is committed to building a better regional Victoria

 

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan visited Maryborough today to announce a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Government will invest $2 million to continue the successful Go Goldfields Program.
 
Mr Ryan who was joined by The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner and Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley, said the Central Goldfields Shire Council had sought a funding commitment of $2 million over three years and the Coalition Government was more than willing to assist.
 
The Coalition Government has been a proud supporter of Go Goldfields since 2011, investing $2.5 million to develop and fund the successful local initiative.
 
Go Goldfields is delivering community driven approaches to improve social, education and health outcomes for children, teenagers and families in Maryborough and surrounding communities.
 
“The program has been a great success with literacy levels improving among local primary school aged children, school absenteeism is down, teenagers are better engaged at school and incidences of family violence have fallen,” Mr Ryan said.
 
“With so many positive outcomes being achieved, it is important that we continue to support this program and that is what a re-elected Coalition Government will do.
 
“The Nationals, working in a Coalition Government, are committed to delivering for regional and rural communities including the Central Goldfields and we continue to be strong supporters of initiatives such as Go Goldfields.”
 
Mr Turner who campaigned strongly for the funding said he was thrilled the Coalition Government had listened to the community and made this significant commitment.

“This commitment is great news for Maryborough and communities right across the Central Goldfields,” Mr Turner said.
 
“It has been made off the back of a lot of hard work from our local community and I thank the many locals who signed my petition calling for this funding.
 
“Go Goldfields helps our community become a better version of itself and I applaud the Coalition Government for supporting us for another three years.”
 
Ms Staley joined Mr Turner in welcoming this investment, saying the program was delivering positive outcomes for the region.
 
“Healthier and more engaged communities benefit us all,” Ms Staley said.
 
“School absenteeism and family violence are a problem in this region and by investing in Go Goldfields we can help reduce these issues.
 
“I applaud the Coalition Government for committing to this successful program if re-elected on 29 November,” Ms Staley said.

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Edlyn Foods relocation creates 14 new jobs in Maryborough

  • Coalition Government invests $250,000 to help relocate Edlyn Foods to Maryborough
  • Relocation will create 14 new jobs in Maryborough
  • The Nationals are building a better regional and rural Victoria

 

Fourteen new jobs will be created as a major food processor relocates from Sydney and Melbourne to Maryborough with the support of a $250,000 grant from the Victorian Coalition Government.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner and Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley in Maryborough today to announce the Coalition Government’s investment to support the relocation of Edlyn Foods to Maryborough.

The Coalition Government’s funding will be provided through the Industries for Today and Tomorrow Program.
Mr Ryan said Edlyn Foods was established more than 80 years ago as a cordial, candied peel and fondant manufacturing business.  It is currently based in Epping with 90 staff and provides food products to more than 300 wholesalers across Australia.

Edlyn Foods acquired a Sydney-based company in February and will now invest $1.4 million to relocate this business and part of its Epping operations to a new facility in Maryborough, which will be dedicated to dry-food manufacturing such as gravy and soup mixes, flavour boosters and nutritional supplements.

It will also invest a further $550,000 purchasing the Maryborough facility and relocating equipment to the facility.

The investment includes the purchase, renovation and refurbishment of the existing facility, including establishing food production areas and storage rooms, and upgrading walls, floor, hard stand and other areas and purchasing and installing new manufacturing plant and equipment.

“This investment is great news for Maryborough and is proof there is a strong manufacturing future here in the Central Goldfields,” Mr Ryan said.

“This relocation follows in the footsteps of True Foods, which relocated its operations from Melbourne to Maryborough with support from the Coalition Government, leading to the creation of 250 new local jobs.

“The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, are committed to growing our regional communities and projects such as this are a win-win by reducing pressure on our capital cities while supporting the growth of regional and rural Victoria.”

Mr Turner welcomed the investment and said the 14 new jobs were a real shot-in-the-arm for Maryborough and the region.
“This region is positioning itself a food processing hub with projects such as this and the relocation of True Foods,” Mr Turner said.

“14 new jobs is just the start for Edlyn Foods and I see an even bigger future for the company here in Maryborough.”
Ms Staley joined Mr Turner in welcoming the investment, which she said would help develop and grow the region’s skill base, while helping the company access new export markets.

“The increase in production capability as a result of this relocation is expected to help Edlyn Foods to double its turnover by 2020,” Ms Staley said.

“This is good news for the Central Goldfields region.”

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Coalition funding provides home for Greenvale Field and Game Association

  • Coalition funds Greenvale Field and Game Association land purchase
  • Funding will give a permanent home for the sport in the region
  • Napthine Government investing in regional sport for a more active Victoria

 

Victorian shooters can now practice a wider range of skills following today’s announcement of funding towards land purchase and facility upgrades at the Greenvale Field and Game Association at Willowmavin by Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum and Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan.

The funding is part of the Victorian Shooting Sports Facilities Program (SSFP), helping shooting sports clubs and associations build the capacity of the sport and increase participation throughout the state.

“Shooting is a sport that Victorians of all ages can get involved with, progressing right up to Olympic Games level,” Mr Drum said.

“This upgraded facility will be a home for the sport from beginner to elite levels and secures the future of the sport in the region.”

“The accessibility of the sport was highlighted when 24 year-old Laetisha Scanlon won her second consecutive Commonwealth Games Gold medal in Glasgow earlier this year, more young competitors and females are taking up the sport and the new facility will assist in catering for that growth.”

The funding will contribute to securing the association’s tenure by enabling Field and Game Australia to purchase the land, with the final figure based on the valuer general’s valuation of the land.

$17,114 will contribute to clay target traps to support the "Come and Try Day" program to increase youth participation, as well as insulate, reline and provide sliding doors to the existing clubhouse to improve the general amenity.

Ms Ryan said that the assistance with the purchase of the facility would have many benefits for the region.

“This funding means the sport in Victoria now has a true home forever and can plan to grow the sport rather than worry about where it’s future lies,” Ms Ryan said.

“It’s a boost for the Greenvale association as well, but just as importantly it’s an economic boost for the local region with people travelling to Willowmavin to compete.”    

Over the past four years the Victorian Coalition Government has invested more than $141 million across a range of programs in more than 885 community sports facility projects like these, resulting in almost $600 million of new local sporting infrastructure for Victorians.

For more information about the SSFP and other community sporting facility funding programs on offer, please visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

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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.”