Topic: Agriculture and regional development

Fracking Banned In Victoria, Giving Certainty To Farmers

Victoria’s farmers and our proud regional communities now have certainty after the Andrews Labor Government’s historic Fracking Ban Bill passed the Victorian Parliament. The Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 passed through the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament without amendment this afternoon. Farming communities across Victoria have been calling for a ban on […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Resources

NSW & VIC Reinforce Commitment To Basin Communities

NSW Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair, and Victorian Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, met on the Murray River today to reinforce their commitment to Basin communities through the recently announced review of the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) adjustment mechanism. Dr Don Blackmore, Chair of the expert panel set up to review the mechanism briefed […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Water

More Jobs For Our World-Class Food And Fibre Sector

The Andrews Labor Government has helped create 33 new full time jobs in the Latrobe Valley with the expansion of a hydroponic tomato facility in Warragul. Visiting Flavorite Tomatoes, Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan today announced the company’s $11.5 million expansion to boost jobs and export opportunities. Flavorite has taken advantage of the […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Industry and Employment

Ballarat Beer Brews New Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government today announced its support to establish an Australian Craft Beer Centre of Excellence in Ballarat, creating 25 new jobs benefiting beer enthusiasts, locals and tourists alike keen to sample the regions finest brew. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight today met with craft beer enthusiasts […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Agriculture, Western Victoria Region

Victoria’s Produce On Show To The Middle East

Premium Victorian produce will be on show when more than 50 local companies lead a reinvigorated trade push to the Middle East at the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade show, Gulfood 2017 in Dubai. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford arrived today with a delegation of the state’s best and most innovative food and […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Agriculture

Victorian Regional Jobs Growth Leads The Nation

Victoria’s rate of regional job creation during the past 12 months continues to lead the nation, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The latest ABS figures show employment in regional Victoria has continued to increase in the past three months, with 22,500 more people employed in the regions than a year ago. Since […]

Categories: Eastern Victoria Region, Media Release, Northern Victoria Region, Treasurer, Western Victoria Region

Giving The Stawell Community A Say On Big Hill Mine

The Stawell community will have a greater voice on any proposal to revive the open-cut gold mine along Big Hill ridge under a new assessment process announced by the Andrews Labor Government. The process ensures that any new plan from Stawell Gold Mines Pty Ltd addresses issues including public health risks, noise and air quality. […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Resources

Scholarship Sends Shepparton Talent To Silicon Valley

The Andrews Labor Government today awarded a Food Source Victoria scholarship to Shepparton-based Agtech professional Peter Moller, who will travel to Silicon Valley in March to learn about the latest in agricultural technologies and innovation. The $20 million Food Source Victoria program supports regional Victorians working in agriculture and food production to enhance their business […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Agriculture, Northern Victoria Region

Medicinal Cannabis Takes Big Steps Forward In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with establishing a reliable, safe production pipeline for the supply of high quality medicinal cannabis for Victorian patients. The first cannabis crop grown by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has now been harvested. It is now being tested and formulated – part of product […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Health

Helping Disadvantaged Job Seekers Find Work

Ballarat employment providers, businesses and community groups have put their heads together at a networking conference to get thousands of disadvantaged Victorians into work. The conference was part of Jobs Victoria – the state’s biggest-ever employment drive to help more than 4,000 disadvantaged Victorians find meaningful and sustainable jobs. Jobs Victoria has a network of […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Industry and Employment