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NEW GIPPSLAND LAKES PLAN TO SAFEGUARD FISHERY’S FUTURE

The Victorian Government is delivering on its commitment to invest in science and habitat restoration in the Gippsland Lakes, with the release of a plan to safeguard the future of one of the state’s key fisheries. Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne unveiled the draft Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishery Recovery Plan and called on local residents and businesses to have their say on the proposal, which will help return the lakes to a recreational fishing mecca. Earlier this year commercial netting was removed from the Gippsland Lakes, paving the way for the plan and delivering a key commitment of the Government’s $35 million Target One Million project. The last of the 10 commercial licences finished in April, handing back the fishery to recreational users. By improving habitat, installing artificial reefs, increasing stocks and consulting on bag and size limits, the plan will help accelerate the recovery of key species such as black bream and dusky flathead. Recreational fishing contributes $380 million to the Gippsland economy each year and the plan will improve catch rates and fish stocks, leading to better fisher satisfaction and more tourism. A steering committee will also be established once the plan is finalized, to oversee its implementation and a subsequent review after five years. The draft plan will be released for public comment for a period of six weeks and is available at vfa.vic.gov.au/gippslandlakes Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “We’ve made the first steps in revitalising the Gippsland Lakes by removing commercial netting, and this plan will build on that work to get more people fishing, more often.” “The lakes are an iconic destination for fishers around the state and with improved habitat and more stocking there will be better fishing on offer and more fish to catch.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This is a fantastic opportunity for Gippsland residents and businesses to have their say on how this beautiful area should be managed going forward.” “Fishing is a major contributor to tourism in Gippsland and making the lakes more accessible for recreational fishers will provide an economic boost to the entire region.”

NEW GIPPSLAND LAKES PLAN TO SAFEGUARD FISHERY’S FUTURE

The Victorian Government is delivering on its commitment to invest in science and habitat restoration in the Gippsland Lakes, with the release of a plan to safeguard the future of one of the state’s key fisheries. Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne unveiled the draft Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishery Recovery Plan and called on local residents and businesses to have their say on the proposal, which will help return the lakes to a recreational fishing mecca. Earlier this year commercial netting was removed from the Gippsland Lakes, paving the way for the plan and delivering a key commitment of the Government’s $35 million Target One Million project. The last of the 10 commercial licences finished in April, handing back the fishery to recreational users. By improving habitat, installing artificial reefs, increasing stocks and consulting on bag and size limits, the plan will help accelerate the recovery of key species such as black bream and dusky flathead. Recreational fishing contributes $380 million to the Gippsland economy each year and the plan will improve catch rates and fish stocks, leading to better fisher satisfaction and more tourism. A steering committee will also be established once the plan is finalized, to oversee its implementation and a subsequent review after five years. The draft plan will be released for public comment for a period of six weeks and is available at vfa.vic.gov.au/gippslandlakes Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “We’ve made the first steps in revitalising the Gippsland Lakes by removing commercial netting, and this plan will build on that work to get more people fishing, more often.” “The lakes are an iconic destination for fishers around the state and with improved habitat and more stocking there will be better fishing on offer and more fish to catch.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This is a fantastic opportunity for Gippsland residents and businesses to have their say on how this beautiful area should be managed going forward.” “Fishing is a major contributor to tourism in Gippsland and making the lakes more accessible for recreational fishers will provide an economic boost to the entire region.”

REGIONAL VICTORIA TO TAKE THIRD STEP

From 11:59pm tomorrow, Gippsland and other regional communities across the state will take the third step along the roadmap to COVID Normal. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP said the announcement was a testament to the determination of regional communities to stay the course and drive numbers down. The 14-day average in regional Victoria is 3.6 and with no mystery cases. It means communities outside Metropolitan Melbourne can take another step along the reopening roadmap. In the Third Step you can from household bubbles. This will allow households across regional Victoria to choose one other household to be in a bubble. You can visit them in their home. They can visit you in your home – with up to a total of five visitors. If you are catching up with friends and family, we encourage you to do it outside. All the latest evidence says being outdoors reduces the risk. To that end, people will be able to gather in groups of ten in outdoor public places, without a limit on the number of households. Outdoor contact and non-contact sport will begin for regional Victorians aged 18 and under, as well as outdoor non-contact sport for adults. And there’ll be a staged return to onsite learning for all regional students in the first two weeks of Term Four. The numbers for weddings and funerals will increase, and religious gatherings can happen outdoors with up to ten people. Hospitality businesses will be able to serve patrons outdoors, with a cap of 50 seated patrons per venue, and an updated ‘two square metre’ density limit in place. Indoors, venues can open with a cap of 10 seated customers per space – with up to two spaces per venue – and in line with the existing ‘four square metre’ density rule. Tables must be spaced at least 1.5m apart, cleaned after every customer and the details of all patrons must be kept. Beauty and personal care services will also be available with a face covering. Outdoor events like a play in the park or an open-air cinema can take place, in accordance with other restrictions. Regional real estate agents will be able to hold auctions outdoors with up to ten people. And travel can resume for regional Victorians holidaying anywhere in regional Victoria. All businesses across Victoria – regional and in Melbourne – will also be required to have a COVIDSafe Plan, enforceable from 28 September. For more details on the roadmap visit: vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-reopening-roadmapregional-victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP “Today is testament to the determination of people in Gippsland and across regional Victoria to not only get these numbers low – but to keep them low.” “The hard work of Victorians is paying off and from 11:59pm tomorrow, Gippsland can take the Third Step towards a COVID Normal – where life looks close to how we remember it.”

REGIONAL VICTORIA TO TAKE THIRD STEP

From 11:59pm tomorrow, Gippsland and other regional communities across the state will take the third step along the roadmap to COVID Normal. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP said the announcement was a testament to the determination of regional communities to stay the course and drive numbers down. The 14-day average in regional Victoria is 3.6 and with no mystery cases. It means communities outside Metropolitan Melbourne can take another step along the reopening roadmap. In the Third Step you can from household bubbles. This will allow households across regional Victoria to choose one other household to be in a bubble. You can visit them in their home. They can visit you in your home – with up to a total of five visitors. If you are catching up with friends and family, we encourage you to do it outside. All the latest evidence says being outdoors reduces the risk. To that end, people will be able to gather in groups of ten in outdoor public places, without a limit on the number of households. Outdoor contact and non-contact sport will begin for regional Victorians aged 18 and under, as well as outdoor non-contact sport for adults. And there’ll be a staged return to onsite learning for all regional students in the first two weeks of Term Four. The numbers for weddings and funerals will increase, and religious gatherings can happen outdoors with up to ten people. Hospitality businesses will be able to serve patrons outdoors, with a cap of 50 seated patrons per venue, and an updated ‘two square metre’ density limit in place. Indoors, venues can open with a cap of 10 seated customers per space – with up to two spaces per venue – and in line with the existing ‘four square metre’ density rule. Tables must be spaced at least 1.5m apart, cleaned after every customer and the details of all patrons must be kept. Beauty and personal care services will also be available with a face covering. Outdoor events like a play in the park or an open-air cinema can take place, in accordance with other restrictions. Regional real estate agents will be able to hold auctions outdoors with up to ten people. And travel can resume for regional Victorians holidaying anywhere in regional Victoria. All businesses across Victoria – regional and in Melbourne – will also be required to have a COVIDSafe Plan, enforceable from 28 September. For more details on the roadmap visit: vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-reopening-roadmapregional-victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP “Today is testament to the determination of people in Gippsland and across regional Victoria to not only get these numbers low – but to keep them low.” “The hard work of Victorians is paying off and from 11:59pm tomorrow, Gippsland can take the Third Step towards a COVID Normal – where life looks close to how we remember it.”

MORNINGTON PENINSULA AND FRENCH ISLAND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO BENEFIT FROM COASTCARE FUNDS

Volunteers and community groups along the Mornington Peninsula and French Island coast will share in almost half a million dollars in funding from the Victorian Government to continue important protection and rehabilitation works. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP said more funding and larger grants of up to $30,000 were available through this year’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program to help realise projects that conserve, restore and rehabilitate coastal and marine environments. The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community projects in coastal areas to support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change. Now in its 26th year, Coastcare Victoria continues to be committed to preserving the coastline, promoting conservation and engaging volunteer participation. This year’s grants program has funded four community projects in Mornington Peninsula and French Island: • Coastal Woodland Rehabilitation, being delivered by the Mornington Environment Association and subgroup Friends of Mills Beach, • Moving Forward - Building BERG Mt Martha's Capacity to Grow, being delivered by the Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha, • Re-vegetation of Beleura Cliff Path - Stage Three, being delivered by the Friends of Beleura Cliff Path, and • Habitat rehabilitation on French Island’s south coast, being delivered by the French Island Landcare Group Inc. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “Mornington Peninsula and French Island are so lucky to have so many dedicated non-profit organisations and volunteers who are passionate about looking after our coastal environments for the benefit of their local communities.” “Additional funding has allowed us to support the hard work of even more groups this year, ensuring our coast is protected and preserved for future generations.” For a full list of grant recipients, visit: https://marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/coastcare

MORNINGTON PENINSULA AND FRENCH ISLAND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO BENEFIT FROM COASTCARE FUNDS

Volunteers and community groups along the Mornington Peninsula and French Island coast will share in almost half a million dollars in funding from the Victorian Government to continue important protection and rehabilitation works. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP said more funding and larger grants of up to $30,000 were available through this year’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program to help realise projects that conserve, restore and rehabilitate coastal and marine environments. The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community projects in coastal areas to support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change. Now in its 26th year, Coastcare Victoria continues to be committed to preserving the coastline, promoting conservation and engaging volunteer participation. This year’s grants program has funded four community projects in Mornington Peninsula and French Island: • Coastal Woodland Rehabilitation, being delivered by the Mornington Environment Association and subgroup Friends of Mills Beach, • Moving Forward - Building BERG Mt Martha's Capacity to Grow, being delivered by the Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha, • Re-vegetation of Beleura Cliff Path - Stage Three, being delivered by the Friends of Beleura Cliff Path, and • Habitat rehabilitation on French Island’s south coast, being delivered by the French Island Landcare Group Inc. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “Mornington Peninsula and French Island are so lucky to have so many dedicated non-profit organisations and volunteers who are passionate about looking after our coastal environments for the benefit of their local communities.” “Additional funding has allowed us to support the hard work of even more groups this year, ensuring our coast is protected and preserved for future generations.” For a full list of grant recipients, visit: https://marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/coastcare

GIPPSLAND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO BENEFIT FROM COASTCARE FUNDS

Volunteers and community groups along the Gippsland coast will share in almost half a million dollars in funding from the Victorian Government to continue important protection and rehabilitation works. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP said more funding and larger grants of up to $30,000 were available through this year’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program to help realise projects that conserve, restore and rehabilitate coastal and marine environments. The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community projects in coastal areas to support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change. Now in its 26th year, Coastcare Victoria continues to be committed to preserving the coastline, promoting conservation and engaging volunteer participation. This year’s grants program has funded three community projects in Gippsland: • Living Bung Yarnda: water quality monitoring and knowledge sharing at Lake Tyers, being delivered by Lake Tyers Coast Action Inc, • Wilderness Coast Project, being delivered by the Sanctuary Mallacoota Youth Group and Friends of Mallacoota, and • Restore Hooded Plover Habitat at Picnic Bay, being delivered by the Friends of the Prom. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “Gippsland is so lucky to have so many dedicated non-profit organisations and volunteers who are passionate about looking after our coastal environments for the benefit of their local communities.” “Additional funding has allowed us to support the hard work of even more groups this year, ensuring our coast is protected and preserved for future generations.” For a full list of grant recipients, visit: https://marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/coastcare

GIPPSLAND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO BENEFIT FROM COASTCARE FUNDS

Volunteers and community groups along the Gippsland coast will share in almost half a million dollars in funding from the Victorian Government to continue important protection and rehabilitation works. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP said more funding and larger grants of up to $30,000 were available through this year’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program to help realise projects that conserve, restore and rehabilitate coastal and marine environments. The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community projects in coastal areas to support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change. Now in its 26th year, Coastcare Victoria continues to be committed to preserving the coastline, promoting conservation and engaging volunteer participation. This year’s grants program has funded three community projects in Gippsland: • Living Bung Yarnda: water quality monitoring and knowledge sharing at Lake Tyers, being delivered by Lake Tyers Coast Action Inc, • Wilderness Coast Project, being delivered by the Sanctuary Mallacoota Youth Group and Friends of Mallacoota, and • Restore Hooded Plover Habitat at Picnic Bay, being delivered by the Friends of the Prom. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “Gippsland is so lucky to have so many dedicated non-profit organisations and volunteers who are passionate about looking after our coastal environments for the benefit of their local communities.” “Additional funding has allowed us to support the hard work of even more groups this year, ensuring our coast is protected and preserved for future generations.” For a full list of grant recipients, visit: https://marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/coastcare

 

NEW AVON RIVER BRIDGE TAKING SHAPE

Rail passengers in Gippsland are one step closer to faster and more frequent services, with work ramping up on the construction of the new Avon River Bridge. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack today announced the first 18 bridge beams have been lifted into place to form part of the structure for the 504-metre-long bridge. “This is an important milestone for this project and for the people of Gippsland,” Mr McCormack said. “With the first batch of beams now installed, construction crews have started pouring the concrete deck slab and attaching walls to form the sides of the bridge. “The new bridge is just part of the vital work we are doing on the Gippsland Line Upgrade to not only give Gippslanders the train services they deserve, but to create hundreds of local jobs over the life of the project.” Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said the new bridge would make train travel in the region more frequent and more reliable. “This new bridge will ensure there are fewer areas of restricted speed limits along the line, giving the people of Gippsland a more reliable connection to jobs throughout the region,” Ms Allan said. “Importantly this project is also supporting the local economy in and around Stratford and is providing jobs for Victorians throughout the supply chain. “The new bridge will allow trains to travel at up to 90km/h in this section – a vast improvement on the 10km/h speed limit in place on the existing bridge.” Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the vital rail upgrades would deliver significant transport and employment benefits for the region. “The new Avon River Bridge and the broader Gippsland Line Upgrade is not just welcome news for the many rail passengers who use the regional network every year — it is important for the entire community,” Mr Chester said. “The project will deliver 400 new jobs through construction and operation, creating opportunities for regional and local businesses, including direct and indirect supplies, supporting services and additional customers for retailers near the work site at Stratford. This is great for our region as we manage through challenges towards economic recovery. “Every person employed through the life of the project, or connected to employment opportunities in the region not only provides critical stimulus to our local economy when it is needed most, but will lay the tracks for regional growth and development well into the future.” Victorian Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said the project would make it easier for Gippsland residents to access their workplaces and key services. “This fantastic upgrade will mean people can access key services like hospitals more easily and more often, and will make commuting to work much more reliable.” “Construction has been able to continue with strict health requirements in place. We thank workers for staying safe and continuing their work on this project during such a challenging period.” The Gippsland Line Upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Victorian Government as part of the $2 billion Regional Rail Revival – which is upgrading every regional train line in Victoria and creating more than 1,000 jobs. Acclaimed local artist Ray Thomas has been selected to paint a mural on the new bridge as part of the project’s improvements to Apex Park. An award-winning artist with more than three decades of experience, Ray’s works are inspired by the stories and designs of his Gunaikurnai people, as well as the Gippsland country they call home. He was selected from a shortlist of Gippsland-based artists and will paint a mural featuring the Avon River as a theme, as selected by Stratford locals earlier this year.

NEW AVON RIVER BRIDGE TAKING SHAPE

Rail passengers in Gippsland are one step closer to faster and more frequent services, with work ramping up on the construction of the new Avon River Bridge. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack today announced the first 18 bridge beams have been lifted into place to form part of the structure for the 504-metre-long bridge. “This is an important milestone for this project and for the people of Gippsland,” Mr McCormack said. “With the first batch of beams now installed, construction crews have started pouring the concrete deck slab and attaching walls to form the sides of the bridge. “The new bridge is just part of the vital work we are doing on the Gippsland Line Upgrade to not only give Gippslanders the train services they deserve, but to create hundreds of local jobs over the life of the project.” Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said the new bridge would make train travel in the region more frequent and more reliable. “This new bridge will ensure there are fewer areas of restricted speed limits along the line, giving the people of Gippsland a more reliable connection to jobs throughout the region,” Ms Allan said. “Importantly this project is also supporting the local economy in and around Stratford and is providing jobs for Victorians throughout the supply chain. “The new bridge will allow trains to travel at up to 90km/h in this section – a vast improvement on the 10km/h speed limit in place on the existing bridge.” Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the vital rail upgrades would deliver significant transport and employment benefits for the region. “The new Avon River Bridge and the broader Gippsland Line Upgrade is not just welcome news for the many rail passengers who use the regional network every year — it is important for the entire community,” Mr Chester said. “The project will deliver 400 new jobs through construction and operation, creating opportunities for regional and local businesses, including direct and indirect supplies, supporting services and additional customers for retailers near the work site at Stratford. This is great for our region as we manage through challenges towards economic recovery. “Every person employed through the life of the project, or connected to employment opportunities in the region not only provides critical stimulus to our local economy when it is needed most, but will lay the tracks for regional growth and development well into the future.” Victorian Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said the project would make it easier for Gippsland residents to access their workplaces and key services. “This fantastic upgrade will mean people can access key services like hospitals more easily and more often, and will make commuting to work much more reliable.” “Construction has been able to continue with strict health requirements in place. We thank workers for staying safe and continuing their work on this project during such a challenging period.” The Gippsland Line Upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Victorian Government as part of the $2 billion Regional Rail Revival – which is upgrading every regional train line in Victoria and creating more than 1,000 jobs. Acclaimed local artist Ray Thomas has been selected to paint a mural on the new bridge as part of the project’s improvements to Apex Park. An award-winning artist with more than three decades of experience, Ray’s works are inspired by the stories and designs of his Gunaikurnai people, as well as the Gippsland country they call home. He was selected from a shortlist of Gippsland-based artists and will paint a mural featuring the Avon River as a theme, as selected by Stratford locals earlier this year.

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT DELIVERS FOR WORLD GAME IN LANGWARRIN

Football has been given a boost in Langwarrin with the Victorian Government announcing funding to Frankston City Council to upgrade to facilities at Lawton Reserve. Member for Eastern Victorian, Jane Garrett MP today announced $250,000 towards upgrading lighting at Lawton Reserve from the government’s 2019-20 The World Game Facilities Fund. The project is one of thirteen to share in $4.9 million in grants from the fund to develop and redevelop grassroots football facilities across the state. The world game is more popular than ever and with the recent announcement of Australia co-hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’re expecting even more Victorians will sign up to play in record numbers. The Victorian Government is supporting clubs like Langwarrin Soccer Club to modernise their facilities, so they can cater for growing demand, especially from women and girls. This $500,000 project will see replacement of existing lighting on Pitch 1 to 200 lux and installation of new 100 lux lighting on Pitch 2. This investment will support the high participation levels at Langwarrin, with over 650 players. Since 2018, this initiative has injected approximately $9.9 million to 38 game-changing infrastructure projects across Victoria, with a total project value of $25.5 million. The 2020-21 World Game Facilities Fund will open in November 2020. This round of the fund ramps up that effort by providing grants of up to $500,000 to Councils and Alpine Resort Boards to improve facilities in their area including lighting, turf pitch redevelopments, synthetic pitches, and female friendly accessible change rooms. The fund is part of a more than $915 million government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure, since 2014. Jane Garrett MP acknowledged project partners Frankston City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to delivering this important upgrade at Lawton Reserve. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP “Football is booming in Victoria and we’re expecting growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women to sign up to play at local clubs, however many clubs are struggling with inadequate facilities.” “This funding from the Victorian Government’s World Game Facilities Fund will help deliver improvements to Lawton Reserve, providing more playing and training time for passionate members of Langwarrin Soccer Club.” “We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT DELIVERS FOR WORLD GAME IN LANGWARRIN

Football has been given a boost in Langwarrin with the Victorian Government announcing funding to Frankston City Council to upgrade to facilities at Lawton Reserve. Member for Eastern Victorian, Jane Garrett MP today announced $250,000 towards upgrading lighting at Lawton Reserve from the government’s 2019-20 The World Game Facilities Fund. The project is one of thirteen to share in $4.9 million in grants from the fund to develop and redevelop grassroots football facilities across the state. The world game is more popular than ever and with the recent announcement of Australia co-hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’re expecting even more Victorians will sign up to play in record numbers. The Victorian Government is supporting clubs like Langwarrin Soccer Club to modernise their facilities, so they can cater for growing demand, especially from women and girls. This $500,000 project will see replacement of existing lighting on Pitch 1 to 200 lux and installation of new 100 lux lighting on Pitch 2. This investment will support the high participation levels at Langwarrin, with over 650 players. Since 2018, this initiative has injected approximately $9.9 million to 38 game-changing infrastructure projects across Victoria, with a total project value of $25.5 million. The 2020-21 World Game Facilities Fund will open in November 2020. This round of the fund ramps up that effort by providing grants of up to $500,000 to Councils and Alpine Resort Boards to improve facilities in their area including lighting, turf pitch redevelopments, synthetic pitches, and female friendly accessible change rooms. The fund is part of a more than $915 million government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure, since 2014. Jane Garrett MP acknowledged project partners Frankston City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to delivering this important upgrade at Lawton Reserve. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP “Football is booming in Victoria and we’re expecting growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women to sign up to play at local clubs, however many clubs are struggling with inadequate facilities.” “This funding from the Victorian Government’s World Game Facilities Fund will help deliver improvements to Lawton Reserve, providing more playing and training time for passionate members of Langwarrin Soccer Club.” “We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

COMMERCIAL OCTOPUS FISHERY LICENCES SECURED IN GIPPSLAND

Commercial operators in East Gippsland will be able to fish for octopus thanks to a new category of licence which will secure valuable jobs in the region and provide more fresh calamari for seafood lovers. Minister for Boating and Fishing Melissa Horne said 11 ongoing licences will be issued, which will allow operators to catch up to 68 tonnes of octopus per year in the Gippsland zone. The new category of licence will be specific to the octopus fishery and will permit operators to fish in waters east of Loch Sport to the New South Wales border. The new dedicated licence and quota is tradeable, which will improve business security for operators and enable more confident investment into boats, equipment and staff. Octopus have been harvested by commercial fishers in Victoria in the past under other licence categories. They will be caught in purpose-built, unbaited traps that minimise bycatch and are environmentally friendly. The catch from the region could be worth up to $1 million annually to the Gippsland operators as Australian chefs and consumers move to embrace Victorian octopus. Most of the fishery is based on pale octopus, which inhabits sandy substrates in bays and coastal waters of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. They can be found in waters to depths of almost 600 metres and are of little interest to recreational fishers. Catches from the Western and Central zones, where octopus fishing is more developmental, will continue to be managed using permits issued by the Victorian Fisheries Authority. Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “Securing the octopus fishery long-term through new licensing arrangements is terrific news for East Gippsland, and for Victorians who love fresh and sustainable seafood on their dinner plates.” “We’re providing much-needed security for commercial operators and this new licence category will also help secure valuable jobs for people living in the region.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This area is well known for providing some of the best seafood in Australia, and we’re making it easier to showcase that produce to a broader market.” “This new licence category will provide a much-needed economic boost to the region with important ongoing work for the local community.” Quotes attributable to Seafood Industry Victoria Chair Joanne Butterworth-Gray “The security and ongoing flexibility of these licences are a welcome opportunity for businesses in East Gippsland.” “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Government and the industry to grow a sustainable fishery which will benefit Victoria.”

COMMERCIAL OCTOPUS FISHERY LICENCES SECURED IN GIPPSLAND

Commercial operators in East Gippsland will be able to fish for octopus thanks to a new category of licence which will secure valuable jobs in the region and provide more fresh calamari for seafood lovers. Minister for Boating and Fishing Melissa Horne said 11 ongoing licences will be issued, which will allow operators to catch up to 68 tonnes of octopus per year in the Gippsland zone. The new category of licence will be specific to the octopus fishery and will permit operators to fish in waters east of Loch Sport to the New South Wales border. The new dedicated licence and quota is tradeable, which will improve business security for operators and enable more confident investment into boats, equipment and staff. Octopus have been harvested by commercial fishers in Victoria in the past under other licence categories. They will be caught in purpose-built, unbaited traps that minimise bycatch and are environmentally friendly. The catch from the region could be worth up to $1 million annually to the Gippsland operators as Australian chefs and consumers move to embrace Victorian octopus. Most of the fishery is based on pale octopus, which inhabits sandy substrates in bays and coastal waters of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. They can be found in waters to depths of almost 600 metres and are of little interest to recreational fishers. Catches from the Western and Central zones, where octopus fishing is more developmental, will continue to be managed using permits issued by the Victorian Fisheries Authority. Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “Securing the octopus fishery long-term through new licensing arrangements is terrific news for East Gippsland, and for Victorians who love fresh and sustainable seafood on their dinner plates.” “We’re providing much-needed security for commercial operators and this new licence category will also help secure valuable jobs for people living in the region.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This area is well known for providing some of the best seafood in Australia, and we’re making it easier to showcase that produce to a broader market.” “This new licence category will provide a much-needed economic boost to the region with important ongoing work for the local community.” Quotes attributable to Seafood Industry Victoria Chair Joanne Butterworth-Gray “The security and ongoing flexibility of these licences are a welcome opportunity for businesses in East Gippsland.” “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Government and the industry to grow a sustainable fishery which will benefit Victoria.”

FOSTER INDOOR STADIUM SCORE $2.26 MILLION TOWARDS REDEVELOPMENT

The Foster Indoor Stadium is set for a transformation, thanks to a $2.26 million funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP today announced that the project is one of 27 to benefit from a share in more than $68 million from the stimulus program. This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure and is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package creating jobs and kick-starting vital projects across the state. The redevelopment will include an increased court run off, court compliance for basketball competition, expanded and upgraded change room and toilet facilities (that provide accessible and baby change provision), expanded gym/dry program space, improved meeting room spaces, expanded kiosk/kitchenette space and expanded storage space. The redeveloped facility will provide a perfect base for the Foster Basketball Association, Foster Football Netball Club (Netball), Foster Badminton and Hard Work Café to develop programs, train, host games and events. This investment is about helping grassroots sports communities get back in the game when the time is right. From sports field lighting upgrades at multiple sites to new indoor sports courts, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation. By working with local government authorities, alpine resort boards and sporting clubs and organisations, the program is fast-tracking shovel-ready community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria and is expected to create almost $140 million in local economic activity. This includes jobs in construction and supply chains with benefits for local businesses through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First requirements which will be built into contracts. The program is part of the more than $915 million in Victorian Government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. Ms Garrett acknowledged the South Gippsland Shire Council for their commitment and financial contribution to the project. For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “This investment will support the local economy and create jobs – and support the growing number of people in Foster keen to get involved in sport and recreation.” “We’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians by giving communities the facilities they need.”

FOSTER INDOOR STADIUM SCORE $2.26 MILLION TOWARDS REDEVELOPMENT

The Foster Indoor Stadium is set for a transformation, thanks to a $2.26 million funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP today announced that the project is one of 27 to benefit from a share in more than $68 million from the stimulus program. This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure and is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package creating jobs and kick-starting vital projects across the state. The redevelopment will include an increased court run off, court compliance for basketball competition, expanded and upgraded change room and toilet facilities (that provide accessible and baby change provision), expanded gym/dry program space, improved meeting room spaces, expanded kiosk/kitchenette space and expanded storage space. The redeveloped facility will provide a perfect base for the Foster Basketball Association, Foster Football Netball Club (Netball), Foster Badminton and Hard Work Café to develop programs, train, host games and events. This investment is about helping grassroots sports communities get back in the game when the time is right. From sports field lighting upgrades at multiple sites to new indoor sports courts, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation. By working with local government authorities, alpine resort boards and sporting clubs and organisations, the program is fast-tracking shovel-ready community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria and is expected to create almost $140 million in local economic activity. This includes jobs in construction and supply chains with benefits for local businesses through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First requirements which will be built into contracts. The program is part of the more than $915 million in Victorian Government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. Ms Garrett acknowledged the South Gippsland Shire Council for their commitment and financial contribution to the project. For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “This investment will support the local economy and create jobs – and support the growing number of people in Foster keen to get involved in sport and recreation.” “We’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians by giving communities the facilities they need.”