Topic: Agriculture and regional development

More Support For Drought Affected Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is providing Victorian farmers impacted by drought and ongoing dry conditions the financial support they need, with $5.6 million in support payments now available. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced that applications for the Farm Business Assistance Program were officially open, which provides one-off support payments to eligible farm businesses in […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Agriculture

A New Way Forward For Tourism In Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will look to find new ways to grow tourism and support regional Victoria, through a review into the regional tourism industry. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said tourism was one of regional Victoria’s most important industries, with 40 per cent of total tourism employment based outside Melbourne […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events

Carboor Hazelnut Farm Gets Cracking With Funding Boost

Australia’s largest hazelnut grower will soon be expanding production for domestic and export markets, with support from the Andrews Labor Government. Wangaratta-based Carboor Farms has received $200,000 through the Labor Government’s Food Source Victoria program for new equipment and facilities to dry, grade and crack hazelnuts for further value-add processing. The investment will create five […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Agriculture

Giving Cobram The Revitlisation It Deserves

The Andrews Labor Government is revitalising Cobram town centre, with locals and visitors set to benefit from a new piazza, upgraded parking for tourists and improved walking paths around town. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes announced the Labor Government’s $500,000 contribution towards the almost $900,000 Cobram Revitalisation and Liveability Project today at the Visitor […]

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Protecting Agricultural Land Around Melbourne

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to permanently tighten controls to better protect Melbourne’s green wedges against overdevelopment. Consultation is now open for communities, councils, farmers and agricultural industries around Melbourne’s green wedge and peri-urban areas to help identify and protect vital agricultural land. This is part of the Labor Government’s comprehensive […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Planning

Bendigo Showgrounds Set For Modern Upgrade

The historic Bendigo Showgrounds is set for major redevelopment with the Andrews Labor Government today announcing funding for a new Masterplan to be undertaken by Urban Enterprise. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes was in Bendigo today to announce a $50,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Plan to support development of the […]

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Silo Art Bringing Tourists To Town

The Andrews Labor Government’s iconic Silo Art Trail in Victoria’s Wimmera Southern Mallee region is attracting more than 570 extra visitors to the region every month, delivering tourist dollars to small towns across the area. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited Rupanyup at the southern end of the 200km art trail to hear […]

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Tomatoes Ripe For The Picking In Central Goldfields

More tomatoes will be making their way to supermarket shelves and wholesalers across Victoria thanks to a $7 million expansion of Mortlock Hydroponics’ Carisbrook Glasshouse. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited Mortlock Hydroponics to announce a grant towards the expansion from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Jobs Fund. The project will […]

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New Rupanyup Community Retail Hub On The Way

A new retail precinct is underway in Rupanyup, with designs released today for the project that will breathe new life into the region. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited the site to view designs for the precinct. Last year Rupanyup faced losing its only supermarket, a move which did not reflect the needs […]

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Victorians Shine At Farmer Of The Year Awards

Victorian farmers have taken two top gongs at the Weekly Times Coles 2018 Farmer of the Year Awards, winning the categories of Dairy and Innovation Farmer of the Year. Clint Theodore and Brooke Lane from Alvie in the state’s southwest took the dairy honour, crediting their scientific and economic approach that has seen them not […]

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