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SUPPORTING SMALL-SCALE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS

Victorian schools will receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades thanks to the Victorian Government’s $70 million Minor Capital Works Fund. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced 17 Gippsland schools have been allocated over $2 million as part of the fund to fast-track priority projects, supporting local jobs through Victoria’s economic recovery. Last month, the Victorian Government invested more than $3 billion in school upgrades through the Victorian Budget 2020/21. While much of this funding went towards new schools and major upgrades to existing schools, this fund is delivering smaller projects that also make a big difference to local schools. Projects will commence from early 2021. Victoria’s school building boom is the biggest in the country. More importantly, it’ll mean our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.” “Whether it is upgrading toilets or building a new fence – this is all about making sure our students have the facilities they need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We are making sure that students in eastern Victoria have access to the best school facilities and a great education.” “This investment will also contribute to Gippsland’s economic recovery and creating jobs in the Education State.” (See list of schools and projects below) School Funding Amount Project: - Briagolong Primary School, $22,120 for delivery of sensory garden - Lakes Entrance Primary School, $171,165 for playground upgrade, including shade - Mallacoota P-12 College, $107,125 for school entrance and car park upgrade - Metung Primary School, $125,605 for upgrade works to outdoor spaces - Nungurner Primary School, $53,120 for construction of new shed - Orbost Primary School, $75,290 for upgrade of existing basketball court and front entrance of the school - Guthridge Primary School, $318,125 for refurbishment of swimming pool centre - Kongwak Primary School, $5,359 for installation of flagpoles - Korumburra Primary School, $86,165 for fence upgrade - Leongatha Primary School, $68,120 for fence upgrade - Loch Sport Primary School, $444,125 for refurbishment of outdoor play area and oval - Meeniyan Primary School (formerly Tarwin Valley Primary School), $258,128 for toilet refurbishment to improve amenity, cleanliness and hygiene - Nambrok Denison Primary School, $41,120 for fence upgrade - Rosedale Primary School, $112,125 for painting works to school exterior - Sale and District Specialist School, $10,020 for flagpole installation and landscaping - Sale Primary School, $73,120 for classroom refurbishment - Toora Primary School, $55,715 for playground upgrade including new equipment

SUPPORTING SMALL-SCALE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS

Victorian schools will receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades thanks to the Victorian Government’s $70 million Minor Capital Works Fund. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced 17 Gippsland schools have been allocated over $2 million as part of the fund to fast-track priority projects, supporting local jobs through Victoria’s economic recovery. Last month, the Victorian Government invested more than $3 billion in school upgrades through the Victorian Budget 2020/21. While much of this funding went towards new schools and major upgrades to existing schools, this fund is delivering smaller projects that also make a big difference to local schools. Projects will commence from early 2021. Victoria’s school building boom is the biggest in the country. More importantly, it’ll mean our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.” “Whether it is upgrading toilets or building a new fence – this is all about making sure our students have the facilities they need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We are making sure that students in eastern Victoria have access to the best school facilities and a great education.” “This investment will also contribute to Gippsland’s economic recovery and creating jobs in the Education State.” (See list of schools and projects below) School Funding Amount Project: - Briagolong Primary School, $22,120 for delivery of sensory garden - Lakes Entrance Primary School, $171,165 for playground upgrade, including shade - Mallacoota P-12 College, $107,125 for school entrance and car park upgrade - Metung Primary School, $125,605 for upgrade works to outdoor spaces - Nungurner Primary School, $53,120 for construction of new shed - Orbost Primary School, $75,290 for upgrade of existing basketball court and front entrance of the school - Guthridge Primary School, $318,125 for refurbishment of swimming pool centre - Kongwak Primary School, $5,359 for installation of flagpoles - Korumburra Primary School, $86,165 for fence upgrade - Leongatha Primary School, $68,120 for fence upgrade - Loch Sport Primary School, $444,125 for refurbishment of outdoor play area and oval - Meeniyan Primary School (formerly Tarwin Valley Primary School), $258,128 for toilet refurbishment to improve amenity, cleanliness and hygiene - Nambrok Denison Primary School, $41,120 for fence upgrade - Rosedale Primary School, $112,125 for painting works to school exterior - Sale and District Specialist School, $10,020 for flagpole installation and landscaping - Sale Primary School, $73,120 for classroom refurbishment - Toora Primary School, $55,715 for playground upgrade including new equipment

JOSETTE NUNN NAMED WINNER IN VICTORIAN EARLY YEARS AWARDS

Josette Nunn from Yarram Early Learning Centre has been announced as a winner in the 2020 Victorian Early Years Awards for outstanding contributions in creating positive outcomes for children and families in the Yarram. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced Josette (Jo) Nunn won the award for Early Childhood Teacher of the Year among the seven category winners in the state. The winners have been named across seven categories which focus on improving engagement in learning, supporting parents, building collaborative community partnerships, improving health and wellbeing, exemplary practice in early childhood education, leadership, and significant service improvement. The awards showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of both individuals and organisations in the early childhood sector and acknowledges the important work being done to provide Victorian children with the highest quality start to life. The winners were selected from 115 nominations received in 2020 across the seven categories. This year’s winners were announced online on November 25, consistent with the coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Winners of each category will receive a grant of up to $15,000 for professional development or to support their nominated initiative. For the full list of winners, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Victorian Early Years Awards for their contribution to improving outcomes for Victorian children and their families.” “These winners are leaders in the early childhood sector, exemplifying the hard work and dedication to provide the best opportunities and educational outcomes for children in the Education State, even during a global pandemic.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Congratulations to Jo Nunn on being named as a winner in this year’s Victorian Early Years Awards and for being a leader in the sector not just in Yarram but across this great Education State.” “These awards recognise the wealth of expertise, dedication and enormous contribution of those who work tirelessly in the sector to create positive educational outcomes for children.”

JOSETTE NUNN NAMED WINNER IN VICTORIAN EARLY YEARS AWARDS

Josette Nunn from Yarram Early Learning Centre has been announced as a winner in the 2020 Victorian Early Years Awards for outstanding contributions in creating positive outcomes for children and families in the Yarram. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced Josette (Jo) Nunn won the award for Early Childhood Teacher of the Year among the seven category winners in the state. The winners have been named across seven categories which focus on improving engagement in learning, supporting parents, building collaborative community partnerships, improving health and wellbeing, exemplary practice in early childhood education, leadership, and significant service improvement. The awards showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of both individuals and organisations in the early childhood sector and acknowledges the important work being done to provide Victorian children with the highest quality start to life. The winners were selected from 115 nominations received in 2020 across the seven categories. This year’s winners were announced online on November 25, consistent with the coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Winners of each category will receive a grant of up to $15,000 for professional development or to support their nominated initiative. For the full list of winners, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Victorian Early Years Awards for their contribution to improving outcomes for Victorian children and their families.” “These winners are leaders in the early childhood sector, exemplifying the hard work and dedication to provide the best opportunities and educational outcomes for children in the Education State, even during a global pandemic.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Congratulations to Jo Nunn on being named as a winner in this year’s Victorian Early Years Awards and for being a leader in the sector not just in Yarram but across this great Education State.” “These awards recognise the wealth of expertise, dedication and enormous contribution of those who work tirelessly in the sector to create positive educational outcomes for children.”

$460,094 FOR REFURBISHING COAST GUARD AND SURF LIFESAVING FACILITIES IN EASTERN VICTORIA

The Victorian Government is investing $460,094 in coast guard and surf lifesaving in Eastern Victoria to improve infrastructure and facilities, back in the important work that our volunteers do and provide a boost in employment within the local community. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced four projects would receive funding to deliver vital repairs and refurbishments. The four projects are amongst 125 projects sharing in $20 million in funding under the Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund, as part of the government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package. These four projects include: Port Welshpool Coast Guard facility redevelopment. - Demolition of existing building and construction of new shed and office area. $300,000. Paynesville Coast Guard secondary vessel navigation upgrade. - Replacement of existing aged navigational equipment with new interoperable Furuno systems. $19,326. Woodside Beach SLC clubroom OH&S upgrades. - Replacement of roof and staircases to the bunk rooms to ensure safety standards are met. Installation of non-slip commercial vinyl to floor in first aid room and amenities. Privacy screen and vanity installation in female and male bathrooms. Replacement of doors and windows for the front of the club rooms. $84,464. Woodside SLSC MSAR vessel repair. - Replacement motor for RHIB and fuel tank, maintenance of hull, repairs/procurement of safety equipment, chart plotter, and FLIR, including costs of marine surveyor to assess and service boats. $56,304. The investment enables volunteer emergency services agencies to carry out urgent maintenance, repairs and upgrades to extend the life and improve safety of their existing facility and asset portfolios, and provide support to Victorian businesses and workers affected by the downturn in the Victorian economy caused by the pandemic. Projects will commence in the coming weeks at local Country Fire Authority brigades, Victoria State Emergency Service units, Life Saving Victoria clubs and Marine Search and Rescue flotillas across Victoria. Agencies are engaging businesses from their local communities to undertake the work and to supply equipment and materials. The funding will be administered by the Community Safety Building Authority, which oversees infrastructure projects on behalf of the Department of Justice and Community Safety. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The eight projects will improve the condition of critical infrastructure and ensure that emergency services in Eastern Victoria will be able to continue their incredible work keeping the community safe.” “The Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund will extend the life of existing facilities and resources, while developing job opportunities within the local community.”

$460,094 FOR REFURBISHING COAST GUARD AND SURF LIFESAVING FACILITIES IN EASTERN VICTORIA

The Victorian Government is investing $460,094 in coast guard and surf lifesaving in Eastern Victoria to improve infrastructure and facilities, back in the important work that our volunteers do and provide a boost in employment within the local community. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced four projects would receive funding to deliver vital repairs and refurbishments. The four projects are amongst 125 projects sharing in $20 million in funding under the Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund, as part of the government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package. These four projects include: Port Welshpool Coast Guard facility redevelopment. - Demolition of existing building and construction of new shed and office area. $300,000. Paynesville Coast Guard secondary vessel navigation upgrade. - Replacement of existing aged navigational equipment with new interoperable Furuno systems. $19,326. Woodside Beach SLC clubroom OH&S upgrades. - Replacement of roof and staircases to the bunk rooms to ensure safety standards are met. Installation of non-slip commercial vinyl to floor in first aid room and amenities. Privacy screen and vanity installation in female and male bathrooms. Replacement of doors and windows for the front of the club rooms. $84,464. Woodside SLSC MSAR vessel repair. - Replacement motor for RHIB and fuel tank, maintenance of hull, repairs/procurement of safety equipment, chart plotter, and FLIR, including costs of marine surveyor to assess and service boats. $56,304. The investment enables volunteer emergency services agencies to carry out urgent maintenance, repairs and upgrades to extend the life and improve safety of their existing facility and asset portfolios, and provide support to Victorian businesses and workers affected by the downturn in the Victorian economy caused by the pandemic. Projects will commence in the coming weeks at local Country Fire Authority brigades, Victoria State Emergency Service units, Life Saving Victoria clubs and Marine Search and Rescue flotillas across Victoria. Agencies are engaging businesses from their local communities to undertake the work and to supply equipment and materials. The funding will be administered by the Community Safety Building Authority, which oversees infrastructure projects on behalf of the Department of Justice and Community Safety. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The eight projects will improve the condition of critical infrastructure and ensure that emergency services in Eastern Victoria will be able to continue their incredible work keeping the community safe.” “The Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund will extend the life of existing facilities and resources, while developing job opportunities within the local community.”

BUSHFIRE REBUILD AT CAPE CONRAN COASTAL PARK: PUBLIC FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON REBUILD OF COMMUNITY ACTIVITY CENTRE

The Victorian Government is seeking input for the rebuild of the Banksia Bluff activity centre at Cape Conran Coastal Park, which was damaged during the 2019–20 summer bushfires. The activity centre was a much-loved spot for schools, local communities and groups, and an educational area for the Parks Victoria Junior Ranger program. Extensive bushfire recovery works have already been underway at Cape Conran Coastal Park this year to restore the site for campers and day visitors. The activity centre will be the first new permanent structure to be rebuilt at the Banksia Bluff campground, with further strategic planning underway for the replacement of other destroyed infrastructure. During the first phase of consultation, the views of visitors, campers, educational and special interest groups are sought to help understand future requirements for the activity centre. The public can contribute ideas by undertaking a short survey between Monday 16 November until Sunday 13 December 2020 at: https://engage.vic.gov.au/conran-activity-centre The Victorian Government is investing $7.15 million from the Statewide Recovery Plan along with $6 million from the Victorian Great Outdoors program funding to deliver potable water and sewerage upgrade for Cape Conran including creating a shared path from Marlo to Conran. Quotes attributable to Jane Garrett, Member for Eastern Victoria Region: “Like all Victorians, I was saddened to see the devastating impact the bushfires had on many of our popular parks and attractions, in particular the Banksia Bluff campground at Cape Conran Coastal Park.” “We are now in the process of rebuilding the Banksia Bluff activity centre, so please share your thoughts with us by completing the survey on Engage Victoria.”

BUSHFIRE REBUILD AT CAPE CONRAN COASTAL PARK: PUBLIC FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON REBUILD OF COMMUNITY ACTIVITY CENTRE

The Victorian Government is seeking input for the rebuild of the Banksia Bluff activity centre at Cape Conran Coastal Park, which was damaged during the 2019–20 summer bushfires. The activity centre was a much-loved spot for schools, local communities and groups, and an educational area for the Parks Victoria Junior Ranger program. Extensive bushfire recovery works have already been underway at Cape Conran Coastal Park this year to restore the site for campers and day visitors. The activity centre will be the first new permanent structure to be rebuilt at the Banksia Bluff campground, with further strategic planning underway for the replacement of other destroyed infrastructure. During the first phase of consultation, the views of visitors, campers, educational and special interest groups are sought to help understand future requirements for the activity centre. The public can contribute ideas by undertaking a short survey between Monday 16 November until Sunday 13 December 2020 at: https://engage.vic.gov.au/conran-activity-centre The Victorian Government is investing $7.15 million from the Statewide Recovery Plan along with $6 million from the Victorian Great Outdoors program funding to deliver potable water and sewerage upgrade for Cape Conran including creating a shared path from Marlo to Conran. Quotes attributable to Jane Garrett, Member for Eastern Victoria Region: “Like all Victorians, I was saddened to see the devastating impact the bushfires had on many of our popular parks and attractions, in particular the Banksia Bluff campground at Cape Conran Coastal Park.” “We are now in the process of rebuilding the Banksia Bluff activity centre, so please share your thoughts with us by completing the survey on Engage Victoria.”

 

MORE BUSHFIRE RECOVERY PROJECTS FOR EAST GIPPSLAND

Community groups and facilities across Victoria’s bushfire-affected areas will share in over $400,000 in grants to support local projects, enhance service delivery and boost community pride. Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Jane Garrett, congratulated the successful recipients and encouraged other community groups to apply for the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities and the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Local Government Authorities and Community Service Organisations. The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund will receive $375,252 under the grant for community service organisations to develop a new technology and operating platform to help expand their important work. Clifton Creek Tennis Club will also receive a $50,000 grant for community facilities to upgrade multi-use courts and modernise co-located facilities. Robyn Hermans, Secretary/Treasurer of Clifton Creek Tennis Club Inc., said that “receiving word of our successful application for the Clifton Creek tennis court facilities upgrade through Bushfire Recovery Victoria was a great feeling.” “It's been a tough year for so many people and having some community projects get the go-ahead with funding assistance is very positive”, she said. “We look forward to inviting the wider Clifton Creek community to come and have some fun when the new playing surface is ready.” Other successful recipients of the grant for community facilities include East Gippsland’s Great Alpine Gallery, opened over 20 years ago by local artists living in Swifts Creek and Omeo. The gallery is also a thriving community centre and acted as a safe haven after the bushfires to give locals and emergency response teams a place to visit and connect with others. The Great Alpine Gallery will use the funds to refresh the building’s exterior and ensure it is more energy efficient. Work will be undertaken by local tradespeople. Further funding is available under the two grant streams, which are jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments as part of the $86 million Community Recovery Package. To see more or apply, see the community grants available at www.brv.vic.gov.au/financial-support. In addition to these community grants, the Australian and Victorian Governments are also funding the $68.6 million Local Economic Recovery Program to back both big projects to boost the regional economy, and smaller, local-level projects that will make a difference in communities. Grants of up to $5 million and $2 million are available in the program. Applications opened on October 29 and can be viewed at www.brv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Jane Garrett, Member for Eastern Victoria Region “GERF really went above and beyond after the fires to cater for the community, and this grant will help them continue their good work now and into the future.” “If you’re in charge of community facilites that need a refresh, or your work hard for the community and seek extra support, then visit brv.vic.gov.au to find out more about these grants.”

MORE BUSHFIRE RECOVERY PROJECTS FOR EAST GIPPSLAND

Community groups and facilities across Victoria’s bushfire-affected areas will share in over $400,000 in grants to support local projects, enhance service delivery and boost community pride. Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Jane Garrett, congratulated the successful recipients and encouraged other community groups to apply for the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities and the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Local Government Authorities and Community Service Organisations. The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund will receive $375,252 under the grant for community service organisations to develop a new technology and operating platform to help expand their important work. Clifton Creek Tennis Club will also receive a $50,000 grant for community facilities to upgrade multi-use courts and modernise co-located facilities. Robyn Hermans, Secretary/Treasurer of Clifton Creek Tennis Club Inc., said that “receiving word of our successful application for the Clifton Creek tennis court facilities upgrade through Bushfire Recovery Victoria was a great feeling.” “It's been a tough year for so many people and having some community projects get the go-ahead with funding assistance is very positive”, she said. “We look forward to inviting the wider Clifton Creek community to come and have some fun when the new playing surface is ready.” Other successful recipients of the grant for community facilities include East Gippsland’s Great Alpine Gallery, opened over 20 years ago by local artists living in Swifts Creek and Omeo. The gallery is also a thriving community centre and acted as a safe haven after the bushfires to give locals and emergency response teams a place to visit and connect with others. The Great Alpine Gallery will use the funds to refresh the building’s exterior and ensure it is more energy efficient. Work will be undertaken by local tradespeople. Further funding is available under the two grant streams, which are jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments as part of the $86 million Community Recovery Package. To see more or apply, see the community grants available at www.brv.vic.gov.au/financial-support. In addition to these community grants, the Australian and Victorian Governments are also funding the $68.6 million Local Economic Recovery Program to back both big projects to boost the regional economy, and smaller, local-level projects that will make a difference in communities. Grants of up to $5 million and $2 million are available in the program. Applications opened on October 29 and can be viewed at www.brv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Jane Garrett, Member for Eastern Victoria Region “GERF really went above and beyond after the fires to cater for the community, and this grant will help them continue their good work now and into the future.” “If you’re in charge of community facilites that need a refresh, or your work hard for the community and seek extra support, then visit brv.vic.gov.au to find out more about these grants.”

PRINCES HIGHWAY BRIDGE RESTORED FOLLOWING FIRES

Essential repairs to Poddy Creek Bridge are complete following damage sustained during last summer’s devastating East Gippsland bushfires. Member for East Gippsland Jane Garrett said both lanes of the bridge are now open and speed limits have returned to normal following the $570,000 restoration project. East Gippsland-based contractor Tambo Constructions delivered a range of repairs to the bridge including a new safety barrier rail system, repairs to the bridge deck, reinforcement works and a new road surface across the bridge. Poddy Creek Bridge, located on the Princes Highway 25 kilometres west of Cann River, was one of the bridges in East Gippsland which sustained the most serious damage during the bushfires in January. A large fallen tree smashed through the bridge’s barrier and cracked its outer concrete supports, leaving it with only one low-speed lane. Significant bushfire recovery works have also been completed on other East Gippsland roads, with all 400 kilometres of bushfire-impacted arterial roads reopened, more than 1000 road signs repaired or replaced, and 12,600 guideposts replaced. The bridge repair works were funded under the Victorian Government’s $22.8 million state-wide investment from the $2.7 billion Building Works package, to help regional towns recover and rebuild following a devastating summer of bushfires. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The East Gippsland bushfires caused unparalleled damage to critical infrastructure, resulting in one of the biggest natural disaster clean-up efforts in Gippsland’s history.” “We recognise the importance of keeping key routes open and operating at full capacity, which is why we’re investing significantly in delivering these critical bushfire recovery works in East Gippsland.” “It’s fantastic to see local contractors working on these recovery projects, because it not only fixes key infrastructure, but gives a boost to the local economy.”

PRINCES HIGHWAY BRIDGE RESTORED FOLLOWING FIRES

Essential repairs to Poddy Creek Bridge are complete following damage sustained during last summer’s devastating East Gippsland bushfires. Member for East Gippsland Jane Garrett said both lanes of the bridge are now open and speed limits have returned to normal following the $570,000 restoration project. East Gippsland-based contractor Tambo Constructions delivered a range of repairs to the bridge including a new safety barrier rail system, repairs to the bridge deck, reinforcement works and a new road surface across the bridge. Poddy Creek Bridge, located on the Princes Highway 25 kilometres west of Cann River, was one of the bridges in East Gippsland which sustained the most serious damage during the bushfires in January. A large fallen tree smashed through the bridge’s barrier and cracked its outer concrete supports, leaving it with only one low-speed lane. Significant bushfire recovery works have also been completed on other East Gippsland roads, with all 400 kilometres of bushfire-impacted arterial roads reopened, more than 1000 road signs repaired or replaced, and 12,600 guideposts replaced. The bridge repair works were funded under the Victorian Government’s $22.8 million state-wide investment from the $2.7 billion Building Works package, to help regional towns recover and rebuild following a devastating summer of bushfires. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The East Gippsland bushfires caused unparalleled damage to critical infrastructure, resulting in one of the biggest natural disaster clean-up efforts in Gippsland’s history.” “We recognise the importance of keeping key routes open and operating at full capacity, which is why we’re investing significantly in delivering these critical bushfire recovery works in East Gippsland.” “It’s fantastic to see local contractors working on these recovery projects, because it not only fixes key infrastructure, but gives a boost to the local economy.”

WORKING FOR VICTORIA: MORE JOBS FOR LOCALS IN GIPPSLAND

Some 100 new positions will be advertised in Gippsland through Working for Victoria, building on almost 230 jobs already created across the region through the Victorian Government employment initiative. Of the new jobs, more than 40 positions with the East Gippsland Shire Council will become available from this week, including in parks and gardens maintenance and bushfire remediation work in council-managed reserves and trails. The workers will contribute to teams providing repair and weed management programs for more than 15 kilometres of trails and 70 hectares of council-managed reserves that were affected by last summer’s bushfires. A team of Working for Victoria participants including Thomas Clayson, who has a background in zoology and emergency medical response, are currently working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP) on bushfire recovery projects around Heyfield. Mr Clayson’s team is completing land management works including track repairs, dangerous tree removal and repairs to damaged infrastructure in national parks and state forests. While the East Gippsland Shire jobs will be advertised from this week, other Working for Victoria jobs including roles with other councils from across the region, as well as dedicated positions for young people providing administrative support to Victoria Police and further roles with DEWLP, will become available over coming weeks. The 229 jobs already created for Gippsland workers through Working for Victoria include roles with Latrobe City Council, Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation, Bass Coast Shire Council, Wurinbeena, East Gippsland Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council. Jobs are typically for a six to 12-month duration, providing vital connections to the labour market and valuable on-the-ground work experience in roles that also deliver a real community benefit. Working for Victoria has partnered with 53 councils across Victoria that have created more than 4,800 jobs covering land and asset management, community outreach, hardship relief delivery and crisis co-ordination. Since launching in April, the initiative has created more than 10,000 jobs in total. For more information and to register for Working for Victoria, go to vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “These new jobs will benefit the community well beyond repairs and upgrades to tracks, reserves, parks and gardens.” “Working for Victoria gives helps people get back to work – it’s impossible to overestimate the importance of that.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “We’re creating jobs in Gippsland and giving people the chance to get back on their feet while contributing to improving our beautiful region.”

WORKING FOR VICTORIA: MORE JOBS FOR LOCALS IN GIPPSLAND

Some 100 new positions will be advertised in Gippsland through Working for Victoria, building on almost 230 jobs already created across the region through the Victorian Government employment initiative. Of the new jobs, more than 40 positions with the East Gippsland Shire Council will become available from this week, including in parks and gardens maintenance and bushfire remediation work in council-managed reserves and trails. The workers will contribute to teams providing repair and weed management programs for more than 15 kilometres of trails and 70 hectares of council-managed reserves that were affected by last summer’s bushfires. A team of Working for Victoria participants including Thomas Clayson, who has a background in zoology and emergency medical response, are currently working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP) on bushfire recovery projects around Heyfield. Mr Clayson’s team is completing land management works including track repairs, dangerous tree removal and repairs to damaged infrastructure in national parks and state forests. While the East Gippsland Shire jobs will be advertised from this week, other Working for Victoria jobs including roles with other councils from across the region, as well as dedicated positions for young people providing administrative support to Victoria Police and further roles with DEWLP, will become available over coming weeks. The 229 jobs already created for Gippsland workers through Working for Victoria include roles with Latrobe City Council, Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation, Bass Coast Shire Council, Wurinbeena, East Gippsland Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council. Jobs are typically for a six to 12-month duration, providing vital connections to the labour market and valuable on-the-ground work experience in roles that also deliver a real community benefit. Working for Victoria has partnered with 53 councils across Victoria that have created more than 4,800 jobs covering land and asset management, community outreach, hardship relief delivery and crisis co-ordination. Since launching in April, the initiative has created more than 10,000 jobs in total. For more information and to register for Working for Victoria, go to vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “These new jobs will benefit the community well beyond repairs and upgrades to tracks, reserves, parks and gardens.” “Working for Victoria gives helps people get back to work – it’s impossible to overestimate the importance of that.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “We’re creating jobs in Gippsland and giving people the chance to get back on their feet while contributing to improving our beautiful region.”

COASTAL PROJECTS TO BENEFIT IN LOCH SPORT AND WALKERVILLE

Beachgoers in Loch Sport and Walkerville will have safer access to coastal areas thanks to the Victorian Government’s $500,000 Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP said: “A total of 12 coastal Crown land managers will receive grants to develop and implement projects that reduce coastal risk and improve public access.” “This funding will be used to support works such as renewing fencing, rebuilding access tracks, repairing coastal structures, geotechnical risk assessments and coastal erosion mitigations,” Ms Garrett said. In Gippsland, the Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program has funded two projects: • Loch Sport Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. - $47,888.00 Realignment of Eroded Foreshore Walking Track at Seagull Drive and The Boulevard • Walkerville Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. - $22,565.00 Walkerville South Coastal Access Tracks Rebuild and Repair “The Victorian Government recognises the important responsibility coastal land managers have in balancing protection of the environment with community enjoyment of these spaces,” Ms Garrett said. “These projects will help reduce risks to marine and coastal environments while improving public access, leading to mutual benefits for the community and the environment.” The Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program is funded by the Victorian Government through the $2.7 billion Building Works package that is supporting jobs and investment across Victoria and helping local communities bounce back from the economic impacts of the Coronavirus. Through the Building Works Package, the Government is delivering more than $11 million to safeguard marine and coastal environments from the impacts of climate change, including $3 million for coastal infrastructure in Apollo Bay. For a full list of grant recipients, visit https://www.marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/grants/coastal-public-access-and-risk-grants

COASTAL PROJECTS TO BENEFIT IN LOCH SPORT AND WALKERVILLE

Beachgoers in Loch Sport and Walkerville will have safer access to coastal areas thanks to the Victorian Government’s $500,000 Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP said: “A total of 12 coastal Crown land managers will receive grants to develop and implement projects that reduce coastal risk and improve public access.” “This funding will be used to support works such as renewing fencing, rebuilding access tracks, repairing coastal structures, geotechnical risk assessments and coastal erosion mitigations,” Ms Garrett said. In Gippsland, the Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program has funded two projects: • Loch Sport Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. - $47,888.00 Realignment of Eroded Foreshore Walking Track at Seagull Drive and The Boulevard • Walkerville Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. - $22,565.00 Walkerville South Coastal Access Tracks Rebuild and Repair “The Victorian Government recognises the important responsibility coastal land managers have in balancing protection of the environment with community enjoyment of these spaces,” Ms Garrett said. “These projects will help reduce risks to marine and coastal environments while improving public access, leading to mutual benefits for the community and the environment.” The Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program is funded by the Victorian Government through the $2.7 billion Building Works package that is supporting jobs and investment across Victoria and helping local communities bounce back from the economic impacts of the Coronavirus. Through the Building Works Package, the Government is delivering more than $11 million to safeguard marine and coastal environments from the impacts of climate change, including $3 million for coastal infrastructure in Apollo Bay. For a full list of grant recipients, visit https://www.marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/grants/coastal-public-access-and-risk-grants