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A RENEWABLE FIRST FOR FIRST PEOPLES IN VICTORIA

Victoria’s first solar farm wholly owned and operated by an Aboriginal Corporation has received one of five grants supporting community-led renewable energy generation across the Gippsland and Latrobe Valley region. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced five local community groups will share more than $1 million in grants through the Latrobe Valley Energy and Growth Program, which empowers communities to take control of energy costs, support local jobs and reduce emissions. Successful groups from the first round of funding include Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation with $1 million for construction of a 4.9 MW solar farm and $26,000 to install solar on the Heyfield and District Museum, Coongulla Community Hall, Heyfield Golf Club and Heyfield Tennis Club. The Ramahyuck solar farm will be the first on Aboriginal-owned land in Victoria, empowering the local Aboriginal community to achieve self-determination by developing their own renewable energy generation. It is expected to create at least 40 jobs during construction and 14 ongoing roles, as well as create an income stream for the corporation. The Minister also launched stage two of the program which will provide $1.98 million for new renewable energy projects in the Latrobe City, Baw Baw Shire, and Wellington Shire area. Funding will be provided for innovative projects that capitalise on the renewable energy potential of the Valley and provide long-term benefits to the community. Funding rooftop solar PV on community and sports facility buildings helps reduce energy costs, support local solar installation businesses and reduce emissions. The Latrobe Valley Energy and Growth Program will play an important role in helping Victoria halve its carbon emissions by 2030. Round two applications close on 30 November 2021. To apply, go to: https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/new-energy-technologies Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Helping industry and community groups achieve affordable reliable power now and into the future is more important than ever – this funding helps to deliver that – creating jobs and stimulating the economy.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “This funding will deliver a significant partnership between communities and consumers across the Latrobe Valley region. I encourage local businesses to apply for this support which will create jobs while also reducing energy bills and boosting the reliability of the local supply.” Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “I am delighted to see Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation get support for the first solar farm on Aboriginal-owned land in Victoria – a project that means self-determination on renewable energy and jobs for the community.”

A RENEWABLE FIRST FOR FIRST PEOPLES IN VICTORIA

Victoria’s first solar farm wholly owned and operated by an Aboriginal Corporation has received one of five grants supporting community-led renewable energy generation across the Gippsland and Latrobe Valley region. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced five local community groups will share more than $1 million in grants through the Latrobe Valley Energy and Growth Program, which empowers communities to take control of energy costs, support local jobs and reduce emissions. Successful groups from the first round of funding include Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation with $1 million for construction of a 4.9 MW solar farm and $26,000 to install solar on the Heyfield and District Museum, Coongulla Community Hall, Heyfield Golf Club and Heyfield Tennis Club. The Ramahyuck solar farm will be the first on Aboriginal-owned land in Victoria, empowering the local Aboriginal community to achieve self-determination by developing their own renewable energy generation. It is expected to create at least 40 jobs during construction and 14 ongoing roles, as well as create an income stream for the corporation. The Minister also launched stage two of the program which will provide $1.98 million for new renewable energy projects in the Latrobe City, Baw Baw Shire, and Wellington Shire area. Funding will be provided for innovative projects that capitalise on the renewable energy potential of the Valley and provide long-term benefits to the community. Funding rooftop solar PV on community and sports facility buildings helps reduce energy costs, support local solar installation businesses and reduce emissions. The Latrobe Valley Energy and Growth Program will play an important role in helping Victoria halve its carbon emissions by 2030. Round two applications close on 30 November 2021. To apply, go to: https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/new-energy-technologies Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Helping industry and community groups achieve affordable reliable power now and into the future is more important than ever – this funding helps to deliver that – creating jobs and stimulating the economy.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “This funding will deliver a significant partnership between communities and consumers across the Latrobe Valley region. I encourage local businesses to apply for this support which will create jobs while also reducing energy bills and boosting the reliability of the local supply.” Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “I am delighted to see Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation get support for the first solar farm on Aboriginal-owned land in Victoria – a project that means self-determination on renewable energy and jobs for the community.”

STUDENTS ACROSS VICTORIA TO GET CREATIVE ABOUT FUTURE REGIONAL TRANSPORT

Students from across the state will have the chance to pitch their ideas on the future of public transport in regional Victoria with the expansion of the Regional Rail Revival Design Challenge 2050 competition. After a successful pilot program in the Bendigo region last year, this year’s Design Challenge has been expanded to primary and secondary schools in the Ballarat, Gippsland and Geelong regions. A team-based competition for students from years 4 to 10, the Design Challenge encourages students to develop innovative design ideas for the future of rail travel in response to the question: What does the smart and connected city of 2050 look like? Students have the chance to be creative as they explore ways to better the experience of train travel, improve the way passengers get around a station, and use smart and sustainable technology for a more enjoyable journey. The most innovative design ideas will be shortlisted, with students explaining their concepts to a panel of rail experts from Rail Projects Victoria and competing to win prizes for themselves and their schools. The winners of the inaugural challenge in 2020 – a group of students in Years 7 and 8 from Bendigo South East College – pitched the concept of using augmented reality to educate train travellers about the indigenous and historical landmarks on their train journey. Schools and students are supported during the challenge through a series of guided learning hours and mentoring workshops, with regional tech schools helping teams to develop their ideas and learn more about the rail industry. Bendigo Tech School, Ballarat Tech School, Gippsland Tech School and Geelong Tech School are part of the 11 tech schools funded across the state, as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to the Education State of Victoria. Schools are asked to register teams in term three and the competition takes place throughout term four and will be exclusively online. Students use skills across a number of subjects including engineering, science, mathematics, visual arts, visual communication and design, and learn about major rail projects in their regions and the benefits these projects will deliver to their local communities. Registrations are now open, with more information available at regionalrailrevival.vic.gov.au/designchallenge2050 Work on the Gippsland Line Upgrade’s major upgrades between Pakenham and Traralgon is progressing, with site establishment underway at key sites along the line as construction ramps up to enable more frequent and reliable services. The Gippsland Line Upgrade has already delivered benefits, with level crossing upgrades allowing modern VLocity trains to run to Bairnsdale for the first time and trains travelling at higher speeds over the new Avon River rail bridge. The Regional Rail Revival Design Challenge 2050 continues Rail Projects Victoria’s commitment to education, building on the success of last year’s challenge and the Minecraft Mini Melbourne as part of the Metro Tunnel Education Program. Quotes attributable to Jane Garrett, Member for Eastern Victoria “This is a great opportunity for students across the state to be inventive and tell us their ideas for how they see public transport in their region in the future.” “We are excited to be able to expand the competition this year and provide more students across regional Victoria the chance to participate, win some fantastic prizes and learn more about our Reginal Rail Revival projects.”

STUDENTS ACROSS VICTORIA TO GET CREATIVE ABOUT FUTURE REGIONAL TRANSPORT

Students from across the state will have the chance to pitch their ideas on the future of public transport in regional Victoria with the expansion of the Regional Rail Revival Design Challenge 2050 competition. After a successful pilot program in the Bendigo region last year, this year’s Design Challenge has been expanded to primary and secondary schools in the Ballarat, Gippsland and Geelong regions. A team-based competition for students from years 4 to 10, the Design Challenge encourages students to develop innovative design ideas for the future of rail travel in response to the question: What does the smart and connected city of 2050 look like? Students have the chance to be creative as they explore ways to better the experience of train travel, improve the way passengers get around a station, and use smart and sustainable technology for a more enjoyable journey. The most innovative design ideas will be shortlisted, with students explaining their concepts to a panel of rail experts from Rail Projects Victoria and competing to win prizes for themselves and their schools. The winners of the inaugural challenge in 2020 – a group of students in Years 7 and 8 from Bendigo South East College – pitched the concept of using augmented reality to educate train travellers about the indigenous and historical landmarks on their train journey. Schools and students are supported during the challenge through a series of guided learning hours and mentoring workshops, with regional tech schools helping teams to develop their ideas and learn more about the rail industry. Bendigo Tech School, Ballarat Tech School, Gippsland Tech School and Geelong Tech School are part of the 11 tech schools funded across the state, as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to the Education State of Victoria. Schools are asked to register teams in term three and the competition takes place throughout term four and will be exclusively online. Students use skills across a number of subjects including engineering, science, mathematics, visual arts, visual communication and design, and learn about major rail projects in their regions and the benefits these projects will deliver to their local communities. Registrations are now open, with more information available at regionalrailrevival.vic.gov.au/designchallenge2050 Work on the Gippsland Line Upgrade’s major upgrades between Pakenham and Traralgon is progressing, with site establishment underway at key sites along the line as construction ramps up to enable more frequent and reliable services. The Gippsland Line Upgrade has already delivered benefits, with level crossing upgrades allowing modern VLocity trains to run to Bairnsdale for the first time and trains travelling at higher speeds over the new Avon River rail bridge. The Regional Rail Revival Design Challenge 2050 continues Rail Projects Victoria’s commitment to education, building on the success of last year’s challenge and the Minecraft Mini Melbourne as part of the Metro Tunnel Education Program. Quotes attributable to Jane Garrett, Member for Eastern Victoria “This is a great opportunity for students across the state to be inventive and tell us their ideas for how they see public transport in their region in the future.” “We are excited to be able to expand the competition this year and provide more students across regional Victoria the chance to participate, win some fantastic prizes and learn more about our Reginal Rail Revival projects.”

SPORTING COMMUNITY TO ‘BAND TOGETHER’ FOR ROAD SAFETY

Players, members and supporters from every Gippsland football and netball club will wear blue armbands this weekend to honour people killed on Victorian roads and show their commitment to road safety. The Victorian Government has partnered with AFL Victoria and the TAC for the second annual Road Safety Round, with people from every AFL Victoria-affiliated football and netball league to show their support with armbands. Road Safety Round will see all clubs in the Gippsland, Alberton, Ellinbank District, Mid Gippsland, North Gippsland, West Gippsland, East Gippsland and Omeo District leagues leading road safety conversations in their communities. The blue armbands have a QR code that links to an online hub featuring stories from ambassadors explaining why road safety matters to them. Road Safety Round runs from August 6 - 8 and will see more than 1,200 clubs leading road safety conversations in their communities, reaching more than 700,000 members of grassroots football and netball clubs. Victoria’s footballers and netballers travel thousands of kilometres on the state’s roads for games and training sessions every year. So far this year, 14 people have lost their lives on roads in the Gippsland region and in 2020, a total of 28 people died on the region’s roads. The round is complemented by the TAC’s Footy Rewards Program, which offers grants of up to $10,000 to clubs that engage with their members on road safety issues. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll “Road Safety Round is crucial in sparking important conversations with the people who drive every day and encouraging them to make safe choices and look out for each other.” “You’d be hard-pressed to find a grassroots football or netball club in Victoria that hasn’t experienced road trauma, which has an ongoing ripple effect through the whole community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “People in Eastern Victoria are passionate about their sport, so we hope that engaging with the community in this way will make a difference in how people think about road safety.”

SPORTING COMMUNITY TO ‘BAND TOGETHER’ FOR ROAD SAFETY

Players, members and supporters from every Gippsland football and netball club will wear blue armbands this weekend to honour people killed on Victorian roads and show their commitment to road safety. The Victorian Government has partnered with AFL Victoria and the TAC for the second annual Road Safety Round, with people from every AFL Victoria-affiliated football and netball league to show their support with armbands. Road Safety Round will see all clubs in the Gippsland, Alberton, Ellinbank District, Mid Gippsland, North Gippsland, West Gippsland, East Gippsland and Omeo District leagues leading road safety conversations in their communities. The blue armbands have a QR code that links to an online hub featuring stories from ambassadors explaining why road safety matters to them. Road Safety Round runs from August 6 - 8 and will see more than 1,200 clubs leading road safety conversations in their communities, reaching more than 700,000 members of grassroots football and netball clubs. Victoria’s footballers and netballers travel thousands of kilometres on the state’s roads for games and training sessions every year. So far this year, 14 people have lost their lives on roads in the Gippsland region and in 2020, a total of 28 people died on the region’s roads. The round is complemented by the TAC’s Footy Rewards Program, which offers grants of up to $10,000 to clubs that engage with their members on road safety issues. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll “Road Safety Round is crucial in sparking important conversations with the people who drive every day and encouraging them to make safe choices and look out for each other.” “You’d be hard-pressed to find a grassroots football or netball club in Victoria that hasn’t experienced road trauma, which has an ongoing ripple effect through the whole community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “People in Eastern Victoria are passionate about their sport, so we hope that engaging with the community in this way will make a difference in how people think about road safety.”

WAIREWA RAILWAY BRIDGE SITE WORKS UNDERWAY

Progress is being made on a community-led initiative to upgrade the much-loved Wairewa Railway Bridge recreation site, damaged during the 2019-20 bushfires. Situated east of Nowa Nowa in East Gippsland, the Wairewa Railway Bridge is a popular stop for visitors to the area, and a point of pride for the local community. Approximately half the structure was destroyed by the fires and after initial safety works, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) met with Bushfire Recovery Victoria and the Wairewa Committee of Management to discuss a plan to ensure the bridge would be retained for its historic value and enjoyment of the community. Additional works at the site include the installation of a new viewing platform, carpark and picnic tables. This is one of 24 state forest visitor sites across Gippsland that are being restored as part of the Victorian Government's support for bushfire-affected communities, with all state forest visitor sites now re-opened. All contractors working on the upgrade are local companies, based between Traralgon and Mallacoota, including: Chris O’Brien Engineering, Ethos NRM, C &W Excavations. ADRA Engineers, TD Tree Services and Jarvis Norwood Constructions. Minor site works are being managed by local Forest Fire Management crews and individuals employed under the Working for Victoria initiative. It is expected the visitor site, carpark and ballast removal works will be complete by the summer holidays. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The Wairewa Railway Bridge is a treasured community asset and a popular stop for visitors to the region. The improvements being made to this site will make the visitor experience even more enjoyable.” “Projects like the Wairewa Railway Bridge are at the heart of our community-led approach to bushfire recovery.” “These smaller, local-level projects make a huge difference in town and bring new life to much-loved facilities.”

WAIREWA RAILWAY BRIDGE SITE WORKS UNDERWAY

Progress is being made on a community-led initiative to upgrade the much-loved Wairewa Railway Bridge recreation site, damaged during the 2019-20 bushfires. Situated east of Nowa Nowa in East Gippsland, the Wairewa Railway Bridge is a popular stop for visitors to the area, and a point of pride for the local community. Approximately half the structure was destroyed by the fires and after initial safety works, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) met with Bushfire Recovery Victoria and the Wairewa Committee of Management to discuss a plan to ensure the bridge would be retained for its historic value and enjoyment of the community. Additional works at the site include the installation of a new viewing platform, carpark and picnic tables. This is one of 24 state forest visitor sites across Gippsland that are being restored as part of the Victorian Government's support for bushfire-affected communities, with all state forest visitor sites now re-opened. All contractors working on the upgrade are local companies, based between Traralgon and Mallacoota, including: Chris O’Brien Engineering, Ethos NRM, C &W Excavations. ADRA Engineers, TD Tree Services and Jarvis Norwood Constructions. Minor site works are being managed by local Forest Fire Management crews and individuals employed under the Working for Victoria initiative. It is expected the visitor site, carpark and ballast removal works will be complete by the summer holidays. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The Wairewa Railway Bridge is a treasured community asset and a popular stop for visitors to the region. The improvements being made to this site will make the visitor experience even more enjoyable.” “Projects like the Wairewa Railway Bridge are at the heart of our community-led approach to bushfire recovery.” “These smaller, local-level projects make a huge difference in town and bring new life to much-loved facilities.”

 

ROAD SAFETY GRANTS TO BOOST GIPPSLAND SAFETY

Gippsland will receive a boost from the Victorian Government for community road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma. Schools, councils and not-for-profit organisations in the region are among a number of local groups across the state benefiting from the latest round of Community Road Safety Grants Program. The $1.5 million program will deliver targeted education programs designed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. Several groups across the region have welcomed funding for projects to provide local solutions to local road safety concerns including $175,992 in funding to initiatives such as motorcycle rider mentoring and driver education programs for those with learning disabilities. The grants program delivers educational sessions on road safety, promoting safer young drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians – and addresses issues such as fatigue and high-risk driver behaviour including speeding and drink driving. The program also funds roadside banners, speed advisory signage and mobile billboards as part of targeted community awareness campaigns. Funding is spread across the state including motorcycle safety sessions in Gippsland, Melbourne and the Grampians, cyclist safety in the Loddon Mallee and North East Victoria, safer routes to school initiatives in the South West and young driver education at 102 high schools across the state. It comes as the Transport Accident Commission offers Victoria’s local councils the chance to receive funding grants to help improve road safety in their region. Under the TAC program, projects with a focus on road safety analysis can receive up to $30,000 and infrastructure projects can receive up to $100,000. The TAC’s Local Government Grant Program is open to council applications across the state until July 28 2021. The grants programs support Victoria’s Road Safety Action Plan and Strategy 2021-2030, which set us on a path to halve road deaths and significantly reduce serious injuries by 2030. For more information on the programs visit the VicRoads website – www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-androad-rules/road-safety-programs/vicroads-community-road-safety-grants-program. Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “These targeted, community-driven projects deliver important road safety initiatives and I commend Gippslanders for getting involved in the program to help tackle road safety at a local level.” Quotes Attributable to Road Safety Victoria Executive Director Carl Muller “We are all responsible for road safety - one wrong decision on our roads can have life changing consequences and this program empowers local groups to share vital road safety messages.”

ROAD SAFETY GRANTS TO BOOST GIPPSLAND SAFETY

Gippsland will receive a boost from the Victorian Government for community road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma. Schools, councils and not-for-profit organisations in the region are among a number of local groups across the state benefiting from the latest round of Community Road Safety Grants Program. The $1.5 million program will deliver targeted education programs designed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. Several groups across the region have welcomed funding for projects to provide local solutions to local road safety concerns including $175,992 in funding to initiatives such as motorcycle rider mentoring and driver education programs for those with learning disabilities. The grants program delivers educational sessions on road safety, promoting safer young drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians – and addresses issues such as fatigue and high-risk driver behaviour including speeding and drink driving. The program also funds roadside banners, speed advisory signage and mobile billboards as part of targeted community awareness campaigns. Funding is spread across the state including motorcycle safety sessions in Gippsland, Melbourne and the Grampians, cyclist safety in the Loddon Mallee and North East Victoria, safer routes to school initiatives in the South West and young driver education at 102 high schools across the state. It comes as the Transport Accident Commission offers Victoria’s local councils the chance to receive funding grants to help improve road safety in their region. Under the TAC program, projects with a focus on road safety analysis can receive up to $30,000 and infrastructure projects can receive up to $100,000. The TAC’s Local Government Grant Program is open to council applications across the state until July 28 2021. The grants programs support Victoria’s Road Safety Action Plan and Strategy 2021-2030, which set us on a path to halve road deaths and significantly reduce serious injuries by 2030. For more information on the programs visit the VicRoads website – www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-androad-rules/road-safety-programs/vicroads-community-road-safety-grants-program. Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “These targeted, community-driven projects deliver important road safety initiatives and I commend Gippslanders for getting involved in the program to help tackle road safety at a local level.” Quotes Attributable to Road Safety Victoria Executive Director Carl Muller “We are all responsible for road safety - one wrong decision on our roads can have life changing consequences and this program empowers local groups to share vital road safety messages.”

TWO MILE CAMPGROUND UPGRADED

The Victorian Government is committed to delivering opportunities for people of all abilities to experience and benefit from nature, with works recently commencing to deliver wheelchair friendly amenities at Two Mile Creek campground at Upper Dargo. Nestled on the banks of the historic Dargo River, Two Mile Creek campground is a scenic High Country location, ideal for fishing and swimming. This work is part of Victoria's Great Outdoors, a $105.6 million investment in better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities. Victoria’s Great Outdoors is providing a boost to regional towns by upgrading campgrounds and facilities, creating jobs, supporting local business and attracting more visitors to tourist areas. When complete, Two Mile campground will have accessible toilets, an accessible path to link the campground facilities, accessible viewing areas of Two Mile Creek and an accessible picnic shelter with wheelchair friendly tables. These works will be finished by December 2021. Victorians are reminded to adhere to physical distancing and hygiene requirements to ensure permitted activities are carried out safely: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Dargo is considered the gateway to the Alpine National Park and the perfect place to stopover when exploring Victoria’s High Country. The improvements being made to this site will make the visitor experience more enjoyable for more Victorians.” “Victoria’s Great Outdoors is building better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities to make it easier for all Victorians to explore our parks and forests, experience nature and support regional tourism.” “We’re making it easier for Victorians from all walks of life to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.”

TWO MILE CAMPGROUND UPGRADED

The Victorian Government is committed to delivering opportunities for people of all abilities to experience and benefit from nature, with works recently commencing to deliver wheelchair friendly amenities at Two Mile Creek campground at Upper Dargo. Nestled on the banks of the historic Dargo River, Two Mile Creek campground is a scenic High Country location, ideal for fishing and swimming. This work is part of Victoria's Great Outdoors, a $105.6 million investment in better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities. Victoria’s Great Outdoors is providing a boost to regional towns by upgrading campgrounds and facilities, creating jobs, supporting local business and attracting more visitors to tourist areas. When complete, Two Mile campground will have accessible toilets, an accessible path to link the campground facilities, accessible viewing areas of Two Mile Creek and an accessible picnic shelter with wheelchair friendly tables. These works will be finished by December 2021. Victorians are reminded to adhere to physical distancing and hygiene requirements to ensure permitted activities are carried out safely: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Dargo is considered the gateway to the Alpine National Park and the perfect place to stopover when exploring Victoria’s High Country. The improvements being made to this site will make the visitor experience more enjoyable for more Victorians.” “Victoria’s Great Outdoors is building better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities to make it easier for all Victorians to explore our parks and forests, experience nature and support regional tourism.” “We’re making it easier for Victorians from all walks of life to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.”

FUTURE IN FREIGHT FOR FENNING TIMBERS

A Gippsland timber business is on track to create a new freight terminal thanks to funding under the Victorian Forestry Plan. Bairnsdale-based Fenning Timbers has received a $700,000 grant for the first stage of the Fenning Intermodal Freight Terminal (FIFT) at the end of the Gippsland rail line. The $865,000 first stage of the project will use land adjacent to their Bairnsdale mill to meet a growing demand for rail freight in the region. The establishment of the commercial light rail precinct will also provide better linkages to Melbourne and the rest of the state for Gippsland businesses, in addition to upgrades made to the Gippsland line under the Victorian Freight Plan. The FIFT is a positive step by Fenning Timbers to utilise their existing land and assets to diversify their business away from only processing native hardwood timber. Stage 1 of the project will see upgrades to the site including to rail siding, existing infrastructure and improving refuelling, parking and access. In the longer-term, Stage 2 of the project would expand the FIFT’s footprint and build additional warehousing and storage facilities. The $120 million Victorian Forestry Plan is the biggest ever forestry package that will support workers, businesses and communities. There is a planned transition with a stepped-down approach until 2030 that offers opportunities for the industry to move away from native forestry and diversify into different industries and ways of working. For more information about the Victorian Forestry Plan and the support available for forestry businesses visit djpr.vic.gov.au/forestry. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Fenning Timbers is a great example of a business actively responding to the Victorian Forestry Plan and the early support it provides for forestry businesses to respond to the change ahead.” “Now more than ever as we move towards to 2030 and the end of timber harvesting in public forests, there is a need for the Victorian timber industry to look to new supply, new markets, new products and new opportunities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne “The new freight terminal will assist with our push to move more freight on to rail, taking trucks off local roads and creating a more efficient connection into Melbourne.” Quote attributable to Managing Director of Fenning Timbers Leonard Fenning “The Fenning Intermodal Freight Terminal Stage 1 project is on track to deliver a new environmentally sustainable freight and rail precinct for eastern Victoria as part of a masterplan that aligns with the government’s long-term policy.”

FUTURE IN FREIGHT FOR FENNING TIMBERS

A Gippsland timber business is on track to create a new freight terminal thanks to funding under the Victorian Forestry Plan. Bairnsdale-based Fenning Timbers has received a $700,000 grant for the first stage of the Fenning Intermodal Freight Terminal (FIFT) at the end of the Gippsland rail line. The $865,000 first stage of the project will use land adjacent to their Bairnsdale mill to meet a growing demand for rail freight in the region. The establishment of the commercial light rail precinct will also provide better linkages to Melbourne and the rest of the state for Gippsland businesses, in addition to upgrades made to the Gippsland line under the Victorian Freight Plan. The FIFT is a positive step by Fenning Timbers to utilise their existing land and assets to diversify their business away from only processing native hardwood timber. Stage 1 of the project will see upgrades to the site including to rail siding, existing infrastructure and improving refuelling, parking and access. In the longer-term, Stage 2 of the project would expand the FIFT’s footprint and build additional warehousing and storage facilities. The $120 million Victorian Forestry Plan is the biggest ever forestry package that will support workers, businesses and communities. There is a planned transition with a stepped-down approach until 2030 that offers opportunities for the industry to move away from native forestry and diversify into different industries and ways of working. For more information about the Victorian Forestry Plan and the support available for forestry businesses visit djpr.vic.gov.au/forestry. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Fenning Timbers is a great example of a business actively responding to the Victorian Forestry Plan and the early support it provides for forestry businesses to respond to the change ahead.” “Now more than ever as we move towards to 2030 and the end of timber harvesting in public forests, there is a need for the Victorian timber industry to look to new supply, new markets, new products and new opportunities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne “The new freight terminal will assist with our push to move more freight on to rail, taking trucks off local roads and creating a more efficient connection into Melbourne.” Quote attributable to Managing Director of Fenning Timbers Leonard Fenning “The Fenning Intermodal Freight Terminal Stage 1 project is on track to deliver a new environmentally sustainable freight and rail precinct for eastern Victoria as part of a masterplan that aligns with the government’s long-term policy.”

STUMPING UP FOR CRICKET IN PAYNESVILLE  

Tomorrow’s local cricket stars will soon be enjoying better facilities at Paynesville, with the announcement of more than $1.4 million in funding through the second round of the Community Cricket Program – Cricket Facilities stream.  Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced a $70,000 funding contribution to upgrade cricket nets at AJ Freeman Reserve, Paynesville.  The funding will enable East Gippsland Shire Council to demolish the existing two-lane facility and construct a new three-lane cricket net training facility with soft netting and full synthetic grass, with the project totalling $112,000.  After a disrupted sports season over summer due to the pandemic, the Victorian Government is getting on with helping grassroots sport get back on track through initiatives like the Community Cricket Program.  By supporting clubs like Paynesville Cricket Club modernise their facilities, we’re giving grassroots communities the opportunity to cater for even more Victorians keen to do their communities proud.   These initiatives are part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.  The Community Cricket Program has invested more than $2.8 million into 30 cricket infrastructure projects across Victoria.  This initiative is part of the Government’s investment of over $1.1 billion into community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.   For more information about the Community Cricket Program including current round recipients visit  https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/community-cricket-program  Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett  “We’re getting on with the job of creating better facilities for our next generation, so they can emulate their sporting heroes like the Australian women’s cricket team who, in 2020, won the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final on home soil.”  “This funding will inspire even more boys, girls, men and women to sign up for cricket in Paynesville and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.” 

STUMPING UP FOR CRICKET IN PAYNESVILLE  

Tomorrow’s local cricket stars will soon be enjoying better facilities at Paynesville, with the announcement of more than $1.4 million in funding through the second round of the Community Cricket Program – Cricket Facilities stream.  Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced a $70,000 funding contribution to upgrade cricket nets at AJ Freeman Reserve, Paynesville.  The funding will enable East Gippsland Shire Council to demolish the existing two-lane facility and construct a new three-lane cricket net training facility with soft netting and full synthetic grass, with the project totalling $112,000.  After a disrupted sports season over summer due to the pandemic, the Victorian Government is getting on with helping grassroots sport get back on track through initiatives like the Community Cricket Program.  By supporting clubs like Paynesville Cricket Club modernise their facilities, we’re giving grassroots communities the opportunity to cater for even more Victorians keen to do their communities proud.   These initiatives are part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.  The Community Cricket Program has invested more than $2.8 million into 30 cricket infrastructure projects across Victoria.  This initiative is part of the Government’s investment of over $1.1 billion into community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.   For more information about the Community Cricket Program including current round recipients visit  https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/community-cricket-program  Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett  “We’re getting on with the job of creating better facilities for our next generation, so they can emulate their sporting heroes like the Australian women’s cricket team who, in 2020, won the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final on home soil.”  “This funding will inspire even more boys, girls, men and women to sign up for cricket in Paynesville and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.”