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Local CFA Units Receive Project Grants

Monday, July 21, 2014
Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, has congratulated 13 volunteer CFA units from the Swan Hill electorate on receiving grants to upgrade their firefighting resources.
“Nearly $244,000 has been allocated to improve facilities and resources across our region,” Mr Walsh said.
“This funding is part of the Government’s commitment to provide our emergency services with the resources and equipment they need to keep Victorians safe and support stronger local communities.
“This latest round of Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment program (VESEP) grants sees $12.23 million delivered across the State.
“The VESEP is a partnership between the Napthine Government and communities that allows emergency services volunteers to purchase the latest equipment that will support the ongoing protection of all Victorians,” Mr Walsh said.
“The Napthine Government has invested more than $48 million in the VESEP program since 2010,” he said.
“We place a high priority on the more than 90,000 volunteers who are the backbone of our emergency response and generously give their time assisting others.
“I congratulate every member of the CFA for their commitment to community protection.”
Local Brigades to have received the latest VESEP grants are:
Brigade Name        Project Description       VESEP Contribution
Brim RFB               Defibrillator                    $2,159
Berriwillock RFB    Fencing and Curtains    $8,359
Kooloonong RFB   Amenities upgrade and equipment $ 1,837
Manangatang RFB Amenities upgrade        $ 3,079
Sea Lake F/B         Defibrillator                    $1,358
Teddywaddy RFB  Hema Navigation Unit and maps $ 733
Kerang FBG          Heavy Duty Rescue Kits x 3   $640
Waitchie RFB        Amenities upgrade         $1,700
Carapooee RFB    Amenities upgrade         $363
Inglewood F/B       Big Fill                            $100,000
Rheola RFB          Medium Tanker - 2.4C    $100,000
St Arnaud UFB     Field Command Vehicle  $21,405
Wooroonook RFB Amenities upgrade          $2,347

Learn Local Orgs Receive Support Dollars

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, today announced $17,868.62 in Training Delivery Support Grants for a number of Learn Local organisations in the Swan Hill Electorate.
Mr Walsh said the money would be used to support the delivery of programs and services and enhance the great work the providers do in their local communities by enabling them to purchase teaching and learning resources.
“The Victorian Government believes that it is crucial that those with limited access to learning opportunities have an opportunity to access quality education”, Mr Walsh said.
“Learn Locals play an important role in skills training providing $14 million in pre-accredited vocational training and $71 million in accredited training in 2013.
“The funding announced today is in addition to the Government’s commitment to spend almost $5 billion on vocational education and training over the next four years.
“This investment reflects the vital role skills-based training plays in the Government’s economic strategy to build a better Victoria,” he said.
Learn Local organisations in the Swan Hill electorate to receive grants include –
Boort Resource & Information Centre Inc - $1,500
Kerang Learning Centre Inc - $2,200
Murray Adult Community Education Swan Hill Inc - $2882
St Arnaud Community Resource Centre - $3000
St Arnaud Neighbourhood House - $1,500
Warracknabeal Neighbourhood House & Learning Centre Inc - $3,000
Wedderburn Community House Inc - $1,500
Wycheproof Community Resource Centre - $2,286

Resilient Community Program Funding For Buloke Shire

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The Victorian Government is providing $12,745 to Buloke Shire Council for a community capacity building project that will provide information and support to develop local action plans in eleven isolated communities to tackle and recover from hazards.
In announcing the funding today, Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said the $43,205 Resilience Through Planning project builds on a proven successful collaborative agency support model that has provided information and support from the council and emergency agencies to farming families through recent drought and flood recovery.
“Buloke Shire Council is one of 12 to receive a total of $756,112 from the second and final round of the Victorian Government’s $1.5 million Resilient Community Program, which has now funded 20 projects in high-risk communities across the State,” Mr Walsh said.
“The Resilient Community Program is enabling communities to take an active role in emergency management.
“Our funding is helping communities fully understand local risks and improve their own capacity to tackle and recover from all hazards.
“Funded projects are building community confidence to share the responsibility of handling emergencies in collaboration with all relevant agencies and sectors.
The previous round of the Resilient Community Program provided a total of $733,900 to eight projects which developed tools and resources with the potential to be used by other communities.
“For example, Murrindindi Shire Council's Disaster Ready Business pilot project, which saw the council partner with local business, tourism associations and emergency agencies to deliver an accredited program of disaster preparedness, could become a model for use in other high-risk areas around the state,” Mr Walsh said.
The Resilient Community Program is funded through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

New 1 Million Dollar Grants Program For Cyclists And Pedestrians

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Local Councils are being invited to seek funding from a new Transport Accident Commission (TAC) grants program designed to reduce injuries and deaths on local roads by improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said the program was about encouraging local solutions to the local safety concerns of cyclists and pedestrians.
“This new program was a commitment in the Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2013-2022,” Mr Walsh said.
Local governments can apply for grants of up to $25,000 for planning and researching innovative safety treatments whilst Councils with plans already in place are eligible to apply for matched-funding grants of up to $100,000 to cover the cost of developing the new infrastructure.
“The program is looking to fund area-wide or route-based solutions,” Mr Walsh said.
“It could involve signage, new crossings or bike paths to separate bikes from cars.”
TAC data shows that children and middle aged men are most at risk of being injured while cycling with injuries resulting in a trip to hospital most likely to occur at intersections (30%), followed by riders being struck from behind by a vehicle moving in the same direction (25%).
“Local councils have until August 30 to submit an application for a share of the funding available in the first round of the annual grants program,” Mr Walsh said.
The LGA Small Infrastructure Grants Program was developed in consultation with local councils, the Municipal Association of Victoria, VicRoads and other stakeholders, including Victoria Walks, Bicycle Network Victoria and the RACV.
Local government authorities and community groups wanting more information can visit www.tac.vic.gov.au/lgagrants.

Engage Program Grants Available

Monday, June 23, 2014
Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, today announced that the Victorian Government is investing $12 million into the Engage program for young Victorians to help them build skills needed for life after school.
“Local community and government groups are invited to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to deliver initiatives for and with our young people,” Mr Walsh said.
“The $12 million 2015 - 2017 Engage program is another example of this government’s commitment to providing young Victorians with more opportunities to become involved in their communities.
“The funding will support organisations and councils to deliver a wide range of initiatives including volunteering and mentoring programs and projects that boost real-life skills and connect young people to further education, training or careers.”
Mr Walsh encouraged organisations to reach out to young people in the community and work with them to develop innovative projects that could be eligible for an Engage grant.
“The Engage program provides community organisations and local governments with the practical resources they need to listen, respond and create opportunities for young Victorians so that they can fulfil their potential.
“Since 2012 over 100,000 young Victorians have been involved in Engage programs, highlighting the success of the program.”
The Engage program is part of the Napthine Government’s Youth Statement, Engage, Involve, Create that outlines its vision for young Victorians.
Applications close on Friday 1 August. For more information or to apply visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au

Bully Stoppers Grants Available

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Primary and secondary schools are being encouraged to apply for the third round of the Victorian Government’s Bully Stoppers school grants, worth a total of $450,000.
“The Victorian Government has already provided $750,000 to encourage schools and students to think about how they can stamp out bullying behaviour,” Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said.
“Since the start of the program in 2013, students have educated their peers about cyber safety and anti-bullying through the writing of songs, the designing of IPad apps and the hosting of student forums on bullying.
“With the available funding schools can continue to raise awareness of bullying and spread the important Bully Stoppers message – ‘make a stand and lend a hand’.”
Since the Bully Stoppers campaign began:
• 187 Victorian schools have received grants to run anti-bullying programs
• Activities and competitions like ‘Name the Campaign’, Bully Stoppers quiz and ‘Pledge Your Way to Home and Away’ have attracted more than 1,600 entries
• Approximately 120,000 people have viewed the Bully Stoppers ad on YouTube, and hundreds of thousands more have viewed the ad on TV
• More than 167,000 people have visited the Bully Stoppers website
In addition, more than 1,800 Victorian schools – four out of every five schools in the state – have signed up to the Victorian Government’s $10 million eSmart cyber safety initiative with the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation.
“The Victorian Government is committed to continuing to share the important Bully Stoppers message and to ensure our school communities are safe, inclusive and supportive learning environments for all students and staff,” Mr Walsh said.
Every Government school will receive a Bully Stoppers pack – including posters, certificates and advice sheets from Bully Stoppers experts.
For more information go to http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/pringrants.aspx

24000 Dollars For Swan Hill-Lake Boga Path Study

Friday, June 13, 2014
The Victorian Government is investing $24,000 from its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in a project aimed at understanding the needs, issues, benefits and costs associated with establishing a sealed recreational path between the city of Swan Hill and Lake Boga.
Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said the project was for development of a 15km sealed bike and walking path, providing cyclists and pedestrians with a safer passage between the two popular destinations.
“We support the idea of a path linking Swan Hill to Lake Boga which is why we have committed these funds towards a feasibility study of the concept,” Mr Walsh said.
“The study will examine the demand for activity to support the necessary infrastructure required for the path and outline the social wellbeing benefits for local residents.
“The proposed path addresses a critical need in the area for bike paths and all-weather activity trails and also provides opportunities for new business and investment ventures in both the Swan Hill and Lake Boga regions.
“A path linking these two key destinations will provide local residents with important physical infrastructure, as well as help the restoration of native flora and fauna, encourage new events to the region such as half marathons and bike tours, and provide the stimulus for new commercial precincts,” Mr Walsh said.
The analysis will be undertaken by a qualified and experienced consultant.
Mr Walsh said the $24,000 Victorian Government funding towards the $35,000 project would be provided through the Regional Growth Fund to SHRCC, which would contribute $3000 along with $5000 in-kind from Swan Hill Inc and $3000 from Lake Boga Inc.
“Since it was established in 2011, the RGF has delivered more than $400 million, generating around $1.6 billion of total investment across more than 1440 projects.”
In Swan Hill Rural City, the Regional Growth Fund has provided $4.6 million to 33 projects, leveraging $13.8 million in total investment. Those projects include:
• $800,000 for the $4.8 million Pioneer Settlement Redevelopment Stage 1 project;
• $300,000 for the $400,000 Swan Hill Riverfront project; and
• $350,000 for the $1.26 million Barry Steggall Park Development Stage 1 project.
The project is expected to be completed by October 2014.

Massive Murray Paddle Gets State Government Backing

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The Victorian Government today announced $7,000 in funding for the Massive Murray Paddle event later this year.
Formerly known as the Murray River Marathon, the event is one of Australia’s longest standing sporting events and a major fundraiser for YMCA Victoria.
Local Nationals Members Peter Walsh, Paul Weller and Tim McCurdy made the joint announcement at Parliament House today.
The 404km Massive Murray Paddle crosses the electorates of each of the three MPs, starting in Yarrawonga and finishing five days later in Swan Hill passing through the towns of Tocumwal, Picnic Point, Echuca, Torrumbarry, Cohuna and Murrabit along the way.
Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said the event was one of 19 across Victoria to share in $75,000 under the April 2014 round of the Country Victoria Events Program.
“This event has a significant impact on our local economy by attracting visitors from right across Victoria,” he said.
“The grant will help promote the marathon and build on its past success.
“Plus all funds raised are used to help maintain the social, environmental and economic sustainability of the Murray River region,” he said.
“The Murray River region offers visitors unique experiences including outdoor activities, history and heritage, the country’s finest golf courses, bushwalks, cruises, fine restaurants and boutique wineries.”
The Massive Murray Paddle will be held from November 24 to 28 and event information is available from www.murraymarathon.ymca.org.au

12500 Dollars For Donald Police Camp Restoration

Wednesday, June 04, 2014
 The Victorian Government is investing $12,500 from its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund on restoration work within the Old Police Camp in Donald.
The project will ensure the camp’s police station and residence – Donald’s oldest structure – remains a strong local history monument.
“The Old Police Camp was built back in 1874 to provide a dwelling and police station for the local police officer of Donald, so it is important for the community that it is restored back to its former glory,” Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said.
“The Old Police Camp will complement other attractions in the area such as the Bullock’s Head, Lion’s Club Heritage Train Park, the historic court house and local museums.
“These historic icons of the area contribute to the local economy by drawing visitors to Donald and they also create job opportunities for local people.
“The project is a joint effort between the Donald history groups, the Donald Men’s Shed, the Donald Lion’s Club, the Country Women’s Association, Donald 2000, Buloke Shire Council and the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR),” Mr Walsh said.
Victorian Government funding towards the $18,500 project would be provided through the RGF to the Donald MLA Society which is contributing $2000 along with $4000 from the FRRR.
“Since it was established in 2011, the RGF has delivered more than $400 million, generating around $1.6 billion of total investment across more than 1440 projects.”
In the Buloke Shire Council, the Regional Growth Fund has provided $3.49 million to 13 projects, leveraging $10.99 million in total investment. Those projects include:
• $100,000 towards the $210,000 Charlton Park 2020 Multi-Purpose Facility Full Design and Specifications Project
• $500,000 towards the $1.9 million Berriwillock Community Multi-Purpose Centre Project
• $500,000 towards the $2.5 million Donald Family Services Centre Project
The project is expected to be completed in November 2014.
For more information about the Regional Growth Fund visit www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-growth-fund.

Boating Safety Boost For Wooroonook

Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Recreational boating at Lake Wooroonook has received a boost through the 2013-14 round of the Victorian Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program (BSFP), Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, announced today.
“Funding of $1700 will go to the Buloke Shire Council to install information signage and buoys at the lake,” Mr Walsh said while visiting the area.
“Funding programs like the Boating Safety and Facilities Program enable local groups and communities to get vital facility upgrades and safety initiatives off the ground,” he said.
The latest round of funding from the BSFP adds to the significant investment made in recent times to improve recreational boating infrastructure.
“This Government has spent over $30 million on improving Victoria’s boating infrastructure, from critical repair works to large-scale improvement projects,” Mr Walsh said.
“Recreational boating is a popular pastime for many Victorians, and the Boating Safety Facilities Program is one of many Victorian Government initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to ensure people have safe access to our waterways.“
The BSFP is funded through a portion of recreational boat operator licensing fees and vessel registration fees, providing money for grants and state wide initiatives.
Types of projects the BSFP could fund include;
• boating facilities such as jetties and boat ramps
• navigation aids and signage
• new search and rescue vessels
• equipment and training for recognised search and rescue groups
• boating safety and education programs
• marine communications.
For more information about the Boating Safety and Facilities Program contact the Grants Administration Team on 1800 337 222, email boating.grants@dtpli.vic.gov.au or visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/grants


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