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LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD IN EASTERN VICTORIA

Applications are now open for the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s 2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program. The program, now in its third year, supports the delivery of sector initiatives that bring together communities to showcase and celebrate the role of women and girls and further gender equality through sport and active recreation. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett said that local sport and active recreation clubs are encouraged to identify events and initiatives that promote gender equality and apply. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible clubs and community groups across Victoria to establish more opportunities for women and girls at a grassroots level to participate and lead both on and off the field. The Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program highlights the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to gender equality across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector. To date, the program has enabled more than 95 community sport and recreation organisations to host events ranging from come-and-try days to community forums and educational sessions. The grants are part of the broader $7.2 million Change Our Game initiative aimed at levelling the playing field for women and girls in sport and recreation. For more information about the Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program visit www.changeourame.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re getting on with levelling the playing field for women and girls across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector.” “Women and girls continue to lead from the front, and we want to see even more in Eastern Victoria apply for these grants to take their initiatives to the next level.” Quote attributable to Director, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell “The Change Our Game Community Activation Grant program has been very popular since its introduction in 2018. I encourage community level organisations across the state to create opportunities and positive experiences for women and girls wanting to get involved in sport and recreation both on and off the pitch.”

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD IN EASTERN VICTORIA

Applications are now open for the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s 2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program. The program, now in its third year, supports the delivery of sector initiatives that bring together communities to showcase and celebrate the role of women and girls and further gender equality through sport and active recreation. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett said that local sport and active recreation clubs are encouraged to identify events and initiatives that promote gender equality and apply. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible clubs and community groups across Victoria to establish more opportunities for women and girls at a grassroots level to participate and lead both on and off the field. The Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program highlights the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to gender equality across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector. To date, the program has enabled more than 95 community sport and recreation organisations to host events ranging from come-and-try days to community forums and educational sessions. The grants are part of the broader $7.2 million Change Our Game initiative aimed at levelling the playing field for women and girls in sport and recreation. For more information about the Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program visit www.changeourame.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re getting on with levelling the playing field for women and girls across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector.” “Women and girls continue to lead from the front, and we want to see even more in Eastern Victoria apply for these grants to take their initiatives to the next level.” Quote attributable to Director, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell “The Change Our Game Community Activation Grant program has been very popular since its introduction in 2018. I encourage community level organisations across the state to create opportunities and positive experiences for women and girls wanting to get involved in sport and recreation both on and off the pitch.”

SAFER ACCESS TO YARRAM CEMETERY

Visitors and funeral processions will have safer access to Yarram Cemetery thanks to an $18,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett said the improvements will make it safer for drivers and slow-moving funeral convoys to enter and exit the facility in the 100km/h speed zone. The current entrance to the Yarram Cemetery is located on the Hyland Highway in a 100km/h speed zone. The current entrance is unsealed gravel with unsealed shoulders. The Yarram Cemetery Trust secured the grant to deliver the upgrade, which will include sealing the cemetery’s Hyland Highway entrance and surrounding road shoulders. Drivers exiting the site can enter the highway and accelerate to road speed more quickly and reduce the impact on highway traffic approaching over a nearby crest. The funding comes from the Labor Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program which provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure in regional Victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Our Flexible Transport Solutions Program backs small-scale initiatives across regional Victoria, which helps to improve transport access for locals.” “This upgrade will make visiting the Yarram Cemetery safer and easier by providing better access.”

SAFER ACCESS TO YARRAM CEMETERY

Visitors and funeral processions will have safer access to Yarram Cemetery thanks to an $18,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett said the improvements will make it safer for drivers and slow-moving funeral convoys to enter and exit the facility in the 100km/h speed zone. The current entrance to the Yarram Cemetery is located on the Hyland Highway in a 100km/h speed zone. The current entrance is unsealed gravel with unsealed shoulders. The Yarram Cemetery Trust secured the grant to deliver the upgrade, which will include sealing the cemetery’s Hyland Highway entrance and surrounding road shoulders. Drivers exiting the site can enter the highway and accelerate to road speed more quickly and reduce the impact on highway traffic approaching over a nearby crest. The funding comes from the Labor Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program which provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure in regional Victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Our Flexible Transport Solutions Program backs small-scale initiatives across regional Victoria, which helps to improve transport access for locals.” “This upgrade will make visiting the Yarram Cemetery safer and easier by providing better access.”

INVESTING IN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal communities in East Gippsland by boosting and investing in local infrastructure. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings and Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett have announced eight projects across the state that will share in more than $3 million as part of the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure program. The 2 projects in East Gippsland include $638,000 for an all-weather outdoor space and exhibition Centre for the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and $830,464 to Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Inc to refurbish their facilities. The other projects include: • A new early years’ Centre in Bendigo North, with $855,075 going to the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative • New accommodation to attract GPs in Robinvale, with $350,000 going to the Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative • $150,000 to Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation to upgrade and expand its Ballarat office • $113,101 to Worn Dundidj Aboriginal Cooperative to redevelop their wholesale native plant nursery to deliver social welfare programs, training and education in culturally safe spaces • $50,000 each to the First People of the Millewa-Mallee Aboriginal Corporation and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place for feasibility studies on their future infrastructure needs. This is the third year of the program, which has invested $11.8 million to Aboriginal organizations so they can create culturally safe spaces and strengthen services. Improving Aboriginal community infrastructure is fundamental to the pursuit of self-determination and helps organizations have a strong social, cultural and economic base from which to build their future. Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings “Every Aboriginal Victoria deserves a space they can call their own and where they can be with others in their community – these grants help provide that.” “This program is also a great example of Aboriginal organizations determining how they want to see key community infrastructure develop and grow.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “It is fantastic that both Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and Moogji Aboriginal Council have been successful in this funding round.” “They are a vital part of the local community and this will ensure their contribution continues for years to come.”

INVESTING IN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal communities in East Gippsland by boosting and investing in local infrastructure. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings and Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett have announced eight projects across the state that will share in more than $3 million as part of the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure program. The 2 projects in East Gippsland include $638,000 for an all-weather outdoor space and exhibition Centre for the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and $830,464 to Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Inc to refurbish their facilities. The other projects include: • A new early years’ Centre in Bendigo North, with $855,075 going to the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative • New accommodation to attract GPs in Robinvale, with $350,000 going to the Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative • $150,000 to Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation to upgrade and expand its Ballarat office • $113,101 to Worn Dundidj Aboriginal Cooperative to redevelop their wholesale native plant nursery to deliver social welfare programs, training and education in culturally safe spaces • $50,000 each to the First People of the Millewa-Mallee Aboriginal Corporation and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place for feasibility studies on their future infrastructure needs. This is the third year of the program, which has invested $11.8 million to Aboriginal organizations so they can create culturally safe spaces and strengthen services. Improving Aboriginal community infrastructure is fundamental to the pursuit of self-determination and helps organizations have a strong social, cultural and economic base from which to build their future. Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings “Every Aboriginal Victoria deserves a space they can call their own and where they can be with others in their community – these grants help provide that.” “This program is also a great example of Aboriginal organizations determining how they want to see key community infrastructure develop and grow.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “It is fantastic that both Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and Moogji Aboriginal Council have been successful in this funding round.” “They are a vital part of the local community and this will ensure their contribution continues for years to come.”

NEW LOCAL ACTIVITIES TO BETTER SUPPORT CARERS in East Gippsland

Carers living in East Gippsland will have more opportunities to be healthy, active and well thanks to a $1 million package of grants from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced that a local community organisation will receive grants of up to $20,000 as part of the package to improve the health and wellbeing of carers. The grant for Bairnsdale Carers Group will help the carers get together for a coffee once a month at a local café to get together for a relaxing chat and discuss outing options that the group can do later in the month. outings can range from driving to another town 50km away for lunch, play mini golf etc. to driving over 200km away to have lunch and see an attraction such as a museum. Across the state 94 community organisations and groups are receiving grants to support carers to be physically and mentally healthy, socially active and better connected with other carers, support programs and resources. The new Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program will focus on support for carers in regional areas, as well as under-recognised groups such as young carers. More than 736,600 Victorian carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them. It can be difficult for carers to access the services they need to look after themselves and make sure they’re supported in their care role. The Labor Government is investing almost $50 million to help carers with extra respite, transport concessions and grants to support local initiatives. Supporting the health and wellbeing of carers is a key priority of the Victorian carer strategy 2018–22 –the first whole-of-government strategy recognising carers. Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Often the best source of information and support for carers is other carers. These grants will give them greater emotional support and connect them with other people dealing with the same challenges.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re very proud to fund these fantastic local support groups and initiatives to help make sure carers get the support they need and have asked for.

NEW LOCAL ACTIVITIES TO BETTER SUPPORT CARERS in East Gippsland

Carers living in East Gippsland will have more opportunities to be healthy, active and well thanks to a $1 million package of grants from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced that a local community organisation will receive grants of up to $20,000 as part of the package to improve the health and wellbeing of carers. The grant for Bairnsdale Carers Group will help the carers get together for a coffee once a month at a local café to get together for a relaxing chat and discuss outing options that the group can do later in the month. outings can range from driving to another town 50km away for lunch, play mini golf etc. to driving over 200km away to have lunch and see an attraction such as a museum. Across the state 94 community organisations and groups are receiving grants to support carers to be physically and mentally healthy, socially active and better connected with other carers, support programs and resources. The new Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program will focus on support for carers in regional areas, as well as under-recognised groups such as young carers. More than 736,600 Victorian carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them. It can be difficult for carers to access the services they need to look after themselves and make sure they’re supported in their care role. The Labor Government is investing almost $50 million to help carers with extra respite, transport concessions and grants to support local initiatives. Supporting the health and wellbeing of carers is a key priority of the Victorian carer strategy 2018–22 –the first whole-of-government strategy recognising carers. Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Often the best source of information and support for carers is other carers. These grants will give them greater emotional support and connect them with other people dealing with the same challenges.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re very proud to fund these fantastic local support groups and initiatives to help make sure carers get the support they need and have asked for.

 

NEW LOCAL ACTIVITIES TO BETTER SUPPORT CARERS in Hastings

Carers living in Hastings will have more opportunities to be healthy, active and well thanks to a $1 million package of grants from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced that a local community organisation will receive grants of up to $20,000 as part of the package to improve the health and wellbeing of carers. The grant for Willum Warrain will help the organisation deliver support to ten carers in the Aboriginal community over the next twelve months. Set up morning tea/ yarning circle to carers in our community and listen to their needs in relation to individual, group or outside agency requirements and develop a subsequent implementation plan with different delivery modalities. Across the state 94 community organisations and groups are receiving grants to support carers to be physically and mentally healthy, socially active and better connected with other carers, support programs and resources. The new Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program will focus on support for carers in regional areas, as well as under-recognised groups such as young carers. More than 736,600 Victorian carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them. It can be difficult for carers to access the services they need to look after themselves and make sure they’re supported in their care role. The Labor Government is investing almost $50 million to help carers with extra respite, transport concessions and grants to support local initiatives. Supporting the health and wellbeing of carers is a key priority of the Victorian carer strategy 2018–22 –the first whole-of-government strategy recognising carers. Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Often the best source of information and support for carers is other carers. These grants will give them greater emotional support and connect them with other people dealing with the same challenges.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re very proud to fund these fantastic local support groups and initiatives to help make sure carers get the support they need and have asked for.”

NEW LOCAL ACTIVITIES TO BETTER SUPPORT CARERS in Hastings

Carers living in Hastings will have more opportunities to be healthy, active and well thanks to a $1 million package of grants from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced that a local community organisation will receive grants of up to $20,000 as part of the package to improve the health and wellbeing of carers. The grant for Willum Warrain will help the organisation deliver support to ten carers in the Aboriginal community over the next twelve months. Set up morning tea/ yarning circle to carers in our community and listen to their needs in relation to individual, group or outside agency requirements and develop a subsequent implementation plan with different delivery modalities. Across the state 94 community organisations and groups are receiving grants to support carers to be physically and mentally healthy, socially active and better connected with other carers, support programs and resources. The new Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program will focus on support for carers in regional areas, as well as under-recognised groups such as young carers. More than 736,600 Victorian carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them. It can be difficult for carers to access the services they need to look after themselves and make sure they’re supported in their care role. The Labor Government is investing almost $50 million to help carers with extra respite, transport concessions and grants to support local initiatives. Supporting the health and wellbeing of carers is a key priority of the Victorian carer strategy 2018–22 –the first whole-of-government strategy recognising carers. Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Often the best source of information and support for carers is other carers. These grants will give them greater emotional support and connect them with other people dealing with the same challenges.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re very proud to fund these fantastic local support groups and initiatives to help make sure carers get the support they need and have asked for.”

FREE SMILE SQUADSCHOOL DENTAL CHECKS COMING TO EAST GIPPSLAND IN 2020

Victorian school students in East Gippsland will enjoy healthier and brighter smiles this year as the next phase of the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Smile Squad free dental program gets underway. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced local schools in East Gippsland are being invited to join the program in 2020. This means families in this area are next on the list to receive free dental care and save hundreds of dollars every year. The Smile Squad vans provide free check-ups and treatment to Victorian public-school students, including teeth cleaning, fluoride application, fissure sealants, fillings, root canals and any other non-cosmetic treatments -to ensure our kids have healthy teeth. The program, which started in August last year is being expanded to include schools in Campaspe, East Gippsland, Macedon Ranges, Maribyrnong, Melton, Wangaratta and parts of Casey and Hume. That means this year we’re inviting more than 300 schools to participate and offer free dental treatment to more than 100,000 additional Victorian students. Poor dental care can lead to more serious health problems. Across Australia, a quarter of all children have untreated tooth decay and in Victoria, dental conditions are the highest single cause of preventable hospitalisations for kids under 10. The Labor Government’s landmark $321.9 million free dental care program started six months ahead of schedule in August last year -driving down big dental costs for families. Once fully rolled out in 2022, the program will provide examinations and dental treatment for more than 650,000 public school kids every year. More information about the program can be found at smilesquad.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “I encourage all local schools to take up the invitation to have Smile Squad vans visit them this year so all children can have the opportunity for free dental check-ups.” “When it comes to oral healthcare, early prevention is the key and the Smile Squad program is designed to set our kids up with healthy habits for the rest of their lives.” “Our kids deserve to have healthy happy smiles, but busy families can often struggle to find the time to get to the dentist. That’s why this program is so important.”

FREE SMILE SQUADSCHOOL DENTAL CHECKS COMING TO EAST GIPPSLAND IN 2020

Victorian school students in East Gippsland will enjoy healthier and brighter smiles this year as the next phase of the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Smile Squad free dental program gets underway. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced local schools in East Gippsland are being invited to join the program in 2020. This means families in this area are next on the list to receive free dental care and save hundreds of dollars every year. The Smile Squad vans provide free check-ups and treatment to Victorian public-school students, including teeth cleaning, fluoride application, fissure sealants, fillings, root canals and any other non-cosmetic treatments -to ensure our kids have healthy teeth. The program, which started in August last year is being expanded to include schools in Campaspe, East Gippsland, Macedon Ranges, Maribyrnong, Melton, Wangaratta and parts of Casey and Hume. That means this year we’re inviting more than 300 schools to participate and offer free dental treatment to more than 100,000 additional Victorian students. Poor dental care can lead to more serious health problems. Across Australia, a quarter of all children have untreated tooth decay and in Victoria, dental conditions are the highest single cause of preventable hospitalisations for kids under 10. The Labor Government’s landmark $321.9 million free dental care program started six months ahead of schedule in August last year -driving down big dental costs for families. Once fully rolled out in 2022, the program will provide examinations and dental treatment for more than 650,000 public school kids every year. More information about the program can be found at smilesquad.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “I encourage all local schools to take up the invitation to have Smile Squad vans visit them this year so all children can have the opportunity for free dental check-ups.” “When it comes to oral healthcare, early prevention is the key and the Smile Squad program is designed to set our kids up with healthy habits for the rest of their lives.” “Our kids deserve to have healthy happy smiles, but busy families can often struggle to find the time to get to the dentist. That’s why this program is so important.”

COMMUNITY ROAD SAFETY GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for community groups and councils from across Victoria to apply for grants to boost road safety awareness in their local area. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett said that applications for this year’s $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program are now open. The grants program will support a range of road safety education programs and initiatives that target cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and passengers, and motorcyclists. Funding is also available to support electronic speed signs, road safety banners and mobile billboards that communicate specific messages to road users at locations identified by local communities. Last year grants were provided to 57 recipients including councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations to deliver 190 projects promoting road safety. As a successful recipient last year, St Anthony’s School in Noble Park delivered one of VicRoads’ most soughtafter programs –Road Safety for New Arrivals which gave 75 per cent of participants a newfound confidence in road safety and driving laws. Other successful applications include Bike Ed programs and programs to boost pedestrian safety around schools. Applications for the grants are now open and will close on Wednesday 11 March. For more information go to vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safety-programs Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Everyone has a part to play when it comes to road safety –which is why we’re giving communities the resources they need to take the lead on road safety in their area.” “We’re encouraging councils, schools and community groups to apply for this grant program because we know just how effective a grassroot safety campaign can be.”

COMMUNITY ROAD SAFETY GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for community groups and councils from across Victoria to apply for grants to boost road safety awareness in their local area. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett said that applications for this year’s $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program are now open. The grants program will support a range of road safety education programs and initiatives that target cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and passengers, and motorcyclists. Funding is also available to support electronic speed signs, road safety banners and mobile billboards that communicate specific messages to road users at locations identified by local communities. Last year grants were provided to 57 recipients including councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations to deliver 190 projects promoting road safety. As a successful recipient last year, St Anthony’s School in Noble Park delivered one of VicRoads’ most soughtafter programs –Road Safety for New Arrivals which gave 75 per cent of participants a newfound confidence in road safety and driving laws. Other successful applications include Bike Ed programs and programs to boost pedestrian safety around schools. Applications for the grants are now open and will close on Wednesday 11 March. For more information go to vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safety-programs Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Everyone has a part to play when it comes to road safety –which is why we’re giving communities the resources they need to take the lead on road safety in their area.” “We’re encouraging councils, schools and community groups to apply for this grant program because we know just how effective a grassroot safety campaign can be.”

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO HASTINGS

Small business operators in the Hastings area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Tuesday February 25th. This is part of the assistance offered by the Andrews Labor Government, from cuts to payroll tax in to mentoring and advice services. This support for small business has contributed to Victoria being the best state in Australia in which to build a small business. The small business bus mentoring specialists provide advice in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2019, 1,176 small businesses accessed the small business bus’s free on-board mentoring. Small Business Victoria ran a further 264 practical workshops for small business owners, helping 4,561 businesses owners develop new skills. This year’s program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The Small Business Bus will be located out the Front of the Hastings Library, 7 Hight St Hastings, from 10am to 4pm on 25/02/2020. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Adam Somyurek “Regardless of whether you’re thinking about starting a small business or are already well established, the Andrews Labor Government’s Small Business Bus will be there to help you grow and thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert faceto-face advice anywhere in Victoria.” “This program plays an important part in providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.”

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO HASTINGS

Small business operators in the Hastings area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Tuesday February 25th. This is part of the assistance offered by the Andrews Labor Government, from cuts to payroll tax in to mentoring and advice services. This support for small business has contributed to Victoria being the best state in Australia in which to build a small business. The small business bus mentoring specialists provide advice in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2019, 1,176 small businesses accessed the small business bus’s free on-board mentoring. Small Business Victoria ran a further 264 practical workshops for small business owners, helping 4,561 businesses owners develop new skills. This year’s program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The Small Business Bus will be located out the Front of the Hastings Library, 7 Hight St Hastings, from 10am to 4pm on 25/02/2020. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Adam Somyurek “Regardless of whether you’re thinking about starting a small business or are already well established, the Andrews Labor Government’s Small Business Bus will be there to help you grow and thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert faceto-face advice anywhere in Victoria.” “This program plays an important part in providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.”