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Situation normal: Andrews Labor Government confused over its policies

Wednesday 21 June 2017

The Liberal Nationals support greyhound racing in Victoria and we believe this code of practice looks like overreach by the Andrews Labor Government and a banning by stealth.

If the Andrews Labor Government wants to ban greyhound racing they should just say so instead of this mealy-mouthed attempt.

Today in Question Time, Minister Jaala Pulford was asked basic questions about compliance and associated costs of their proposed code of conduct but she wouldn’t or couldn’t provide any detail.

Most Victorians want an industry that cares for greyhounds while providing employment opportunities and a popular recreational activity for so many.

Those in the industry caught doing the wrong thing should not only be banned from the industry but also receive a punitive punishment that makes an example of them to others who ever contemplate doing the wrong thing.

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GRANTS FOR SPORTING FACILITIES NOW AVAILABLE

Member for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging Latrobe City Council and community organisations in the Morwell electorate to consider applying for funding through The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Mr Northe said the program aimed to provide high-quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria.

“A range of grants is on offer including funding for planning, building new, and improving existing facilities where communities conduct, organise and participate in sport and recreation.

“Sport plays such an important role in regional communities and I encourage local councils and community organisations to consider making an application,” Mr Northe said.

Grants available include:

  • Better Pools - Grants of up to $3 million to build new or upgrade existing aquatic centres;
  • Major Facilities - Grants of up to $650,000 to develop or upgrade major sport and recreation facilities;
  • Small Aquatic Project - Grants of up to $200,000 to upgrade pools and aquatic leisure facilities;
  • Minor Facilities - Grants of up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade local sport and recreation facilities;
  • Female Friendly Facilities - Grants of up to $100,000 to build new or upgrade existing change rooms to prioritise female participation;
  • Cricket Facilities - Grants of up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade cricket facilities;
  • Planning - Grants of up to $30,000 to fund initiatives that assess the future sport and recreation needs of local communities, and up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives.

For more information and eligibility criteria you can visit: http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/community-sports-infrastructure-fund

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Statement on Melbourne’s major sporting events

This morning on the Today Show, Daniel Andrews, when discussing Melbourne’s future capacity to host major events, said: "…Victoria’s been a bit sleepy in the last three or four years, well that all changes now”.

However, during this so-called “sleepy period”, Victoria either hosted or secured hosting rights for the Cricket World Cup, the Asian Cup soccer tournament, a game at Etihad in the 2012 State of Origin series, and the Liverpool exhibition match.

In the coming months, Melbourne will also host the International Champions Cup matches at the MCG between Manchester City, Real Madrid, and AS Roma, all of which were secured under the former government during this so-called “sleepy period”.

Indeed, last night's State of Origin at the MCG also had nothing to do with Daniel Andrews, with the hosting rights negotiated several years ago.

Daniel Andrews’ capacity to misrepresent and take credit for bringing these world-class events to Melbourne is absolutely shameless.

This is just another example of Daniel Andrews’ playing politics and taking the media and public for mugs.

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Bendigo Stadium to undergo $16.5 million upgrade under re-elected Coalition Government

  • A re-elected Coalition Government commits $5 million to Bendigo Stadium
  • Upgrade includes three new basketball courts and 12 new netball courts
  • Victorian Coalition Government is building a more active Victoria 

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum at Bendigo Stadium today to announce a $5 million funding boost under a re-elected Coalition Government.

Mr Ryan said the $5 million investment would be provided through the  Regional Growth Fund and would be the catalyst for a $16.5 million project involving Bendigo Stadium Ltd and Bendigo City Council.

“Bendigo Stadium is a hub for community and elite sport in Bendigo and this upgrade will open up a new range of opportunities for the region,” Mr Ryan said.

“This redevelopment will see three new basketball courts that can be converted to a 3000 seat show court, along with 12 new netball courts with change facilities, catering for more than 500,000 annual sports participants.”

Mr Drum said that the upgrades would help grow participation in a number of sports.

“Basketball, Netball and Volleyball will all get additional new facilities, facilities that are needed to keep pace with demand for sport in the city,” Mr Drum said.

Liberal candidate for Bendigo East Greg Bickley welcomed the investment and said the upgrades would see Bendigo attract more events to put the city on the national and international stage.

“We’ve seen the Stadium successfully host the WNBL Grand Final twice, the Australian Goldfields Snooker Open and the recent Australian Diamonds netball Test, proving that Bendigo supports big events,” Mr Bickley said.

“These upgrades mean Bendigo can host big sporting and entertainment events all year round.

“Already NBL Basketball and ANZ Championship Netball are on the agenda through interest from Melbourne United and the Vixens, and in addition these benefits will be enjoyed by our own Bendigo Spirit and Bendigo Braves players and fans.”

Liberal candidate for Bendigo West Michael Langdon said the commitment was great news for Bendigo and the new facilities would be an economic driver locally.

“Professional sporting events are one example, but also national and international basketball, netball and volleyball underage tournaments and titles could come to Bendigo, as well as attracting big music and entertainment events,” Mr Langdon said.

“I am proud to be working as part of a strong Coalition Government team which continues to deliver for Bendigo and the Goldfields regions.”

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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 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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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.”