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255000 dollars to upgrade Kerangs Atkinson Park

Friday, May 23, 2014
The Victorian Government is investing $255,000 from its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in continuing the upgrade of Atkinson Park in Kerang.
Speaking in Kerang following his address to the Gannawarra Youth Council on Friday Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said the project would encourage greater use of the park by residents and visitors that would have flow-on effects for the local economy.
“The development of Atkinson Park is a priority of the local community and its location close to the town centre will draw more people towards local businesses to boost Kerang’s economy,” Mr Walsh said.
Mr Walsh said the project would complement earlier improvement works at Atkinson Park that included a playground and a skate park.
“Once completed Atkinson Park will also have a new performance shelter, new park furniture, upgrades to ornamental lake infrastructure, a new boardwalk and lighting improvements,” Mr Walsh said.
Victorian Government funding for the $340,000 Atkinson Park Community Infrastructure project would be provided through the Regional Growth Fund to Gannawarra Shire Council which would contribute $52,000 along with $33,000 from Kerang Rotary Club.
“The Regional Growth Fund is investing in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Walsh said.
“Since it was established in 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has delivered more than $400 million, generating around $1.6 billion of total investment across more than 1440 projects.”
In Gannawarra Shire, the Regional Growth Fund has provided almost $3 million to 16 projects, leveraging more than $4.1 million in total investment, including:
• $500,000 for the Benjaroop Tresco Road Upgrade
• $204,000 for the $409,000 for the next stage of the Kerang Industrial Estate development
• $160,000 for the $240,000 Kerang CBD Streetscape Renewal.
The Atkinson Park Community Infrastructure project is expected to be completed by May 2015.

30000 Dollars Towards Murray River Region Event Strategy

Friday, May 16, 2014
 The Victorian Government is investing $30,000 from its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in the development of the Murray River Region Tourism Event Strategy.
Speaking at the Committee for Echuca Moama luncheon Nationals Member, Peter Walsh, said the strategy, to be created by Murray River Region Tourism in consultation with local councils from Mildura to Albury, Tourism Victoria and Destination NSW, would allow events in the region to be better managed and to grow.
“The strategy will look at key events that currently occur in the region to ensure that a collaborative approach to their timing is in the best interests of boosting tourism and the local economies that host them,” Mr Walsh said.
“Regional events are a proven reason for an increase in visitors and, by managing these events in a way that can best maximise their exposure, the strategy aims to drive repeat visitors to the region.”
Mr Walsh said bringing extra tourists would have economic benefits for an already strong tourism sector which is worth more than $1 billion per year to the Murray Region and is estimated to employ over 15,500 Victorians.
Government funding towards the $45,000 project would be provided through the Regional Growth Fund to Murray River Region Tourism Limited which would contribute $15,000.
“The Regional Growth Fund is investing in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Walsh said.
“Since early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has delivered more than $400 million, generating over $1.6 billion of total investment across more than 1440 projects.”
The Murray River Region Tourism Event Strategy is expected to be completed by January 2015.

Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund

Friday, May 16, 2014
The Victorian Government’s new $6 million Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund (MCIF) is now open.
Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, is encouraging culturally and linguistically diverse community organisations and local councils to consider accessing the fund.
“There are two grants available in 2014-15, including the Small Capital Infrastructure Grants ($20,000 to $100,000 per grant) and the Major Capital Infrastructure Grants ($100,000 to $750,000 per grant),” Mr Walsh said.
“Small grants provide funding for minor works to existing community facilities which may include the extension of existing facilities to provide additional meeting space or a kitchen upgrade.
“The Major grants fund significant upgrades or construction of community facilities or streetscape enhancements to cultural precincts with relevant cultural theming.
Priority under the 2014 MCIF round will be given to projects that:
 involve a partnership between two or more organisations to deliver the project or enable shared use of facilities by CALD community groups
 are located in regional or rural Victoria
 upgrade existing or construct new community facilities; and/or
 assist new and emerging communities and/or senior members from established CALD communities.
The $6 million fund will run over two years from 2014-15 to 2015-16 with expressions of interest to be submitted by 15 June, 2014.
“I encourage our local multicultural community groups to visit the website below to learn more about these new grants,” Mr Walsh said.
Applications forms and guidelines are available at www.multicultural.vic.gov.au or contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC) on 9651 0628.

Community Recycling Grants Now Open

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Applications are now open for the 2014/2015 round of the Keep Australia Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling Grants program, Nationals Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, announced today.
Last year the Boort Tourism Group received $10,000 in funding for its recycling infrastructure project.
“The Keep Australia Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling Grant, funded by Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola South Pacific, has now been running for five years and has funded almost 200 community recycling projects across Australia to a total of $1.25 million.
“I encourage community groups and organisations to consider applying for the latest round of funding.
“These programs help to keep our environment beautiful and improve recycling in our local community,” Mr Walsh said.
In 2013 there were 71 successful projects to a total value of $441,000 and this lead to the recovery of a combined 450 tonnes of recyclables.
The program is a unique opportunity for groups to undertake projects to improve recycling infrastructure and awareness in their communities.
For more information you can visit http://kab.org.au/beverage-container-recycling-grants/

Birchip RSL Receives Grant For Curyo War Memorial

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Birchip RSL Curyo War Memorial project is one of 13 such projects to receive a share of $100,520 funding announced recently by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Damien Drum.
Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said that the first round of Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour grants for 2014 will provide $2765 support for the project which will enable the RSL Branch to relocate the War Memorial at Curyo.
“This important funding will help restore the Memorial which honours the service and sacrifice of the district’s war veterans,” Mr Walsh said.
The grants program provides funding to restore local war memorials, honour rolls and Avenues of Honour to their original condition.
Since this program commenced, the Victorian Government has provided funding to restore more than 430 local war memorials and honour rolls across Victoria.
“This year we have also increased the maximum grant available to $20,000, up from $10,000 last year” Mr Walsh said.
“Our war memorials play a vital role in acknowledging the service and sacrifice of our veterans and in keeping their stories alive for communities and future generations.”
Applications for the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grants can be submitted at any time. For further information visit www.veterans.vic.gov.au or call 1300 366 356.

FUNDS FOR SIR JOHN GORTON PRECINCT STUDY IN KERANG

Thursday, March 27, 2014
• Victorian Coalition Government will invest $30,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to redevelop the Sir John Gorton Precinct in Kerang
• The $150,000 project will advance concepts and designs developed from a previous urban design study
• The Regional Growth Fund has delivered over $394 million to support almost 1,400 projects, leveraging $1.57 billion in total investment
The Victorian Coalition Government is investing $30,000 in a project to help Gannawarra Shire Council redevelop the Sir John Gorton Precinct in Kerang.
The Nationals’ Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said the grant from the Regional Growth Fund would help the council advance concepts and designs developed from a previous urban design study on the Sir John Gorton Precinct.
“The project will also enable the development of a detailed business model to underpin the mixed-use redevelopment of the Sir John Gorton Precinct for leisure, recreation, arts and cultural purposes,” Mr Walsh said.
“Redeveloping the Sir John Gorton Precinct is a strategically significant project for Kerang and our funding will help it proceed to full tender stage, including obtaining planning and building permits for the first stage of construction.
Mr Walsh said the proposed redevelopment of the precinct into a community wellbeing hub would be anchored by the popular Kerang Pool complex and the iconic Sir John Gorton Library.
“Before any construction starts however, plans for the precinct must be refined into a deliverable and locally-relevant architectural form”, he said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, said the Coalition Government funding towards the $150,000 Sir John Gorton Precinct - Detailed Design and Business Model Development project would be provided to Gannawarra Shire Council, which would contribute $120,000.
“Gannawarra Shire Council has considerable experience in planning and delivery of complex design projects and has the skills to ensure the project is well managed,” Mr Ryan said.
The Sir John Gorton Precinct - Detailed Design and Business Model Development project is expected to be completed in January, 2015.
For more information about the Regional Growth Fund visit www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-growth-fund

REGIONAL GROWTH FUNDS FOR SWAN HILL

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
• Regional Growth Funds for Two Swan Hill Projects
• $40,000 to Promote Swan Hill Businesses and Stimulate Local Economy
• $8,500 to Feasibility Study into more Farmers’ Markets
The Victorian Coalition Government is investing $40,000 from its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in a project to promote Swan Hill businesses and stimulate the local economy.
The Nationals’ Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said the Strengthening Swan Hill Region’s Retail Industry project was an opportunity to provide support to Swan Hill retailers at a challenging time for the sector.
“Retailers in Swan Hill will benefit from strong marketing campaigns and also an increase of events in the CBD. The Victorian Government has funded earlier stages of the current Swan Hill CBD development and the completed stages are already attracting more pedestrians,” Mr Walsh said.
He said part of the project would focus on giving business owners tools to increase their online presence and marketing expertise, while providing strategies for business development.
Likewise, the Regional Growth Fund will provide $8,500 towards a study to explore the feasibility of holding a regular farmers’ market in the region.
Mr Walsh said the feasibility study would determine where the market could be held, how often, and address supply issues being experienced by existing general local markets.
“The feasibility study will provide an overview of strengths and weaknesses around the development of a genuine accredited farmers’ market in the Swan Hill region,” Mr Walsh said.
“It will also identify resource requirements should it be determined that a Victorian Farmers’ Market Association-accredited market would be a feasible option to pursue.
"A food and beverage producer audit of the region will make up part of the project, and will be used to identify suppliers for events such as the Swan Hill Region Food and Wine Festival, and other council-run community events.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, said Swan Hill Rural City Council was committed to developing opportunities to enhance economic growth and the sustainability of local producers.
“Both of these projects will go towards assisting Council’s endeavours in this regard”, he said.
For more information about the Regional Growth Fund visit
www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-growth-fund.

REGIONAL GROWTH FUNDS FOR WARRACKNABEAL

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
• Two Warracknabeal Business Plan Projects Receive Regional Growth Funds
• Warracknabeal Town Hall Wins $7,500
• Warracknabeal and District Historical Society Receives $7,500
 Funding from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund will be used by the Warracknabeal Town Hall Committee to create a business plan to look at ways of improving the town’s largest community meeting place.
The Nationals’ Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said the committee’s aims for the plan were to increase the use of the Warracknabeal Town Hall and to secure its future.
“The committee wants to improve the facility so as to attract events and people from surrounding districts, which will then provide benefits to Warracknabeal’s local businesses and overall economy,” Mr Walsh said.
He said the finished plan, which will have input from the whole community, will look at the town hall’s current structure, the cost of any upgrades required and the potential for increased and more diverse usage, as well as set priorities for works needed to upgrade the building.
“Unfortunately the kitchen and amenities of the town hall do not meet current industry standards, but this project aims to amend that and create an excellent venue,” Mr Ryan said.
Likewise, funding from the Regional Growth Fund will help the Warracknabeal and District Historical Society produce a business and marketing plan that will give three local tourist attractions more strategic direction and security.
Mr Walsh said the plan would ensure the Wheatlands Agricultural Museum, Warracknabeal Historical Centre and the Wheatlands Warehouse continued to bring visitors to the area.
“This thorough plan will look at the challenges faced by the society, while looking forward to future opportunities to ensure the three attractions continue to bring visitors to Warracknabeal and boost the local economy,” Mr Walsh said.
“About 60 members of the local community give their time to promote the history of the area, but one of the issues facing the society is their age profile and availability,” Mr Ryan said.
“The business plan will look at ways of addressing this issue to encourage more members of the community to put their hand up and help tell the story of Warracknabeal.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, said the Coalition Government would invest $7500 towards each business and marketing plan from the Regional Growth Fund.
For more information about the Regional Growth Fund visit www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-growth-fund.

GRANTS FOR LOCAL CRIME PREVENTION INITIATIVES

Monday, March 24, 2014
• Grants for practical community safety projects
• $2.8 million has funded 422 projects in last 3 years
• Donald 2000 Inc received $10,000 for Byrne St Lighting in Round 1
 Community groups and councils can now access grants of up to $10,000 for local crime prevention initiatives as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Community Safety Fund.
The Nationals’ Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, today encouraged councils and community groups to think about innovative and practical community safety projects.
“The Coalition Government recognises that locals are best placed to identify and prioritise safety and security issues in their communities, and we will support them to do so”, Mr Walsh said.
“The grants are open to councils, community and sporting groups, and local schools to implement practical community safety projects.
“This includes installing security lighting, padlocks, security screens, fencing, or undertaking awareness activities to deter crime and increase community safety.
Mr Walsh said the grants support local community groups to help provide safer and more secure facilities for local people.
“Over the past three years, the Coalition Government has provided more than $2.8 million to fund 422 projects across the state through the grants,” Mr O’Donohue said.
“These grants make a real difference and I strongly encourage community groups and councils across the state to apply for grants of up to $10,000.
The grants are part of the Coalition Government’s $35 million Community Crime Prevention Program, which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria. Applications close on 12 May.
To apply and for further information, visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/safetygrants

LOCAL CLUBS RECEIVE FUNDING BOOST

Monday, March 24, 2014
Many sports and active recreation clubs across the Swan Hill electorate will benefit from funding as part of VicHealth’s $1.8 million Active Club Grants program.
The Nationals’ Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, said the grants, of up to $3,000 each, aim to increase physical activity by making it easier for clubs to reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment that help them to improve safety.
“In Victoria, half of all adults do not get enough exercise. As well as the physical benefits, research also shows that sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth,” Mr Walsh said.
“Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also makes us mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.”
The 25 successful clubs in the Swan Hill electorate are:-
 Brim Kellalac Sheep Hills Cricket Club Inc $1,364
Charlton Football Club $3,000
Donald Cricket Club $2,470
Dunmunkle Carpet Bowls Club $2,375
Inglewood Bowling Club $2,700
Kerang Bowling Club $3,000
Kerang Football/Netball Club $1,590
Kerang Bowls Club $500
Kerang Lake Charm Power Boat Club $3,000
Kerang Lawn Tennis Club $2,710
Kerang Pony Club $1,650
Kerang Turf Club $2,050
Lalbert Football Club $1,785
Loddon Valley United Junior Football Club Inc $2,992
Lubeck/Murtoa Cricket Club $2,720
Macorna Public Park and Recreation Reserve Committee $2,757
Murtoa Bowling Club $2,500
Murtoa Swimming Pool $2,600
Nandaly Tennis Club $1,390
Nullawil Netball Club $3,000
Nyah West Golf Club Inc $2,242
Rupanyup Football/Netball Club $3,000
St Arnaud Football Club $2,998
Warracknabeal Swimming Club $2,500
Wedderburn Football Club $2,935
 For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub


Contact: Electorate Office: 274 Campbell Street SWAN HILL Vic 3585 Phone: (03) 5032 3154 Fax: (03) 5032 9483