Topic: Agriculture and regional development

Retail Pioneer Expands Victorian Operations

One of Australia’s most successful food and beverage exporters is set to expand in Victoria, with Lawand Trade opening a new facility. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today officially opened and toured Lawand Trade’s new warehouse facility in Westmeadows, which will create new local jobs for people in Melbourne’s north-west. Lawand Trade has been instrumental […]

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Supporting Victorian Producers To Shine

Small-scale and craft producers across Victoria are now better equipped to grow their businesses and spread local produce more widely, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Strathbogie Meatsmiths near Euroa to announce that the Labor Government is backing almost 250 food, drink and produce companies from […]

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New Chief Executive For Regional Development Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Beth Jones as the new Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria. Regional Development Victoria is the state’s lead agency for rural and regional economic development, building stronger communities by supporting business investment, local jobs and infrastructure that local people need. As the first female CEO of […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Regional Development

Major Works Underway At Ballarat GovHub

Work on the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Ballarat GovHub is progressing, with major demolition and excavation works underway. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited the site to inspect progress on the demolition of the Lower Hall and excavation works, meeting with the local construction team Kane and Nicholson and Ballarat-based McPherson Commercial Plumbing, […]

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Drought Support In Action

The Andrews Labor Government is helping farmers across Victoria manage and prepare for the effects of ongoing drought and dry seasonal conditions. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited the mixed irrigation and dryland farming property of Frank Deane at Wahring, near Shepparton, to see how water infrastructure supported by the Labor Government’s almost $45 […]

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Plantation Timber To Take Root In Gippsland

The Andrews Labor Government is providing certainty for Victoria’s timber industry and the jobs it supports with a new allocation order and the development of new timber plantation sites in Gippsland. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the first sites as part of the Labor Government’s record $110 million investment in […]

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Pet Exchange Register To Improve Pet Traceability

Victorians will soon be able to find out where their pet comes from with the introduction of the Andrews Labor Government’s new online database, the Pet Exchange Register. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the campaign for the Pet Exchange Register, which will apply to all dogs and cats advertised for sale or rehoming […]

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Pasture Recovery And Farm Support Funds Now Open

Victorian farmers impacted by drought and dry seasonal conditions will have access to more support, with two support funds from the Andrews Labor Government now open. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the Labor Government’s $2 million Pasture Recovery and Management Grant Program to back drought-affected farm businesses in East Gippsland and Wellington shires. The Pasture Recovery Grants provide support of up to $5000 on a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution basis, for activities associated […]

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Backing Local Communities In Fight Against Fruit Fly

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting growers, community groups and the horticulture industry in the fight against fruit fly. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today opened the third round of the Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program. The Labor Government is backing community-led projects to give them the resources they need to protect and manage […]

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Kangaroo Management Plan To Be Developed For Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will provide long term certainty for farmers and the kangaroo pet food industry, establishing a new regulatory framework and developing a long-term Kangaroo Management Plan. The new framework will support the operation of an ongoing kangaroo pet food program in Victoria and include safeguards to ensure that harvesting is sustainable and […]

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