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The UFS Dispensaries Supercare Pharmacy will give Ballarat families better access to important health advice and treatment, when they need it, closer to home.

Ballarat's Supercare Pharmacy

The UFS Dispensaries Supercare Pharmacy will give Ballarat families better access to important health advice and treatment, when they need it, closer to home.

Ballarat Station Precinct Upgrade On Track

The Andrews Labor Government’s $25 million investment to transform Ballarat Station took a major leap forward today, with the planning approval to deliver the project. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne approved an amendment to the Ballarat Planning Scheme in response to recommendations from the Ballarat Station Precinct Advisory Committee and relevant agencies. The project will transform the historic heart of the city into a vibrant, accessible and connected commercial community hub which will restore the prominence of the precinct’s key heritage. The Labor Government’s investment will also provide a jobs boost for the region with around 140 local jobs to be created. The project’s Structured Negotiation Phase (SNP) commenced earlier this month, following a two-staged commercial procurement process involving an Expressions of Interest and a Request for Proposal phase. The proposed hotel and convention centre will include more than 100 hotel rooms, large flexible spaces for conferences and functions and a range of quality retail and dining options. It’s estimated the project will cost over $50 million and attract significant private sector investment to the precinct, creating jobs and boosting tourism to the Ballarat region. The project will also improve amenity for all users of the precinct, including commuters, pedestrians, visitors and the community. The project is being delivered by Regional Development Victoria in partnership with VicTrack, City of Ballarat and the Transport division of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “This isn’t just a major redevelopment – it’s a transformational project for Ballarat that will inject a new lease of life in to our historic area. Most importantly, it’ll drive jobs and investment right in the heart of the region.” “The Ballarat Station precinct upgrade truly reflects our vision, putting the government back to work for regional Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “With this exciting project, Ballarat Station will be so much more than just a train station. Restored historical buildings, a four star hotel and new convention centre will boost jobs and ensure Ballarat remains a thriving regional hub.”

Ballarat Station Precinct Upgrade On Track

The Andrews Labor Government’s $25 million investment to transform Ballarat Station took a major leap forward today, with the planning approval to deliver the project. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne approved an amendment to the Ballarat Planning Scheme in response to recommendations from the Ballarat Station Precinct Advisory Committee and relevant agencies. The project will transform the historic heart of the city into a vibrant, accessible and connected commercial community hub which will restore the prominence of the precinct’s key heritage. The Labor Government’s investment will also provide a jobs boost for the region with around 140 local jobs to be created. The project’s Structured Negotiation Phase (SNP) commenced earlier this month, following a two-staged commercial procurement process involving an Expressions of Interest and a Request for Proposal phase. The proposed hotel and convention centre will include more than 100 hotel rooms, large flexible spaces for conferences and functions and a range of quality retail and dining options. It’s estimated the project will cost over $50 million and attract significant private sector investment to the precinct, creating jobs and boosting tourism to the Ballarat region. The project will also improve amenity for all users of the precinct, including commuters, pedestrians, visitors and the community. The project is being delivered by Regional Development Victoria in partnership with VicTrack, City of Ballarat and the Transport division of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “This isn’t just a major redevelopment – it’s a transformational project for Ballarat that will inject a new lease of life in to our historic area. Most importantly, it’ll drive jobs and investment right in the heart of the region.” “The Ballarat Station precinct upgrade truly reflects our vision, putting the government back to work for regional Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “With this exciting project, Ballarat Station will be so much more than just a train station. Restored historical buildings, a four star hotel and new convention centre will boost jobs and ensure Ballarat remains a thriving regional hub.”

Three Ballarat Secondary schools To Get A Doctor

Ballarat students will have regular access to a doctor and the healthcare they need at school. The Andrews Labor Government today announced the 100 schools taking part in the Doctors in Schools Program, with Ballarat Secondary College’s Mount Rowan campus, Mount Clear College and Phoenix P-12 Community College among the schools to get a GP under the scheme. Participating schools will partner with local doctors who will visit the schools for up to one day a week, with students able to get referrals to specialists and the help they need before it affects their studies. Half of the schools participating in the program are located in regional Victoria, where families often face barriers to accessing healthcare. Work is now under way on recruitment and training, building consultation rooms at schools and establishing partnerships with local healthcare providers so the program can start rolling out next year. The program will be rolled out progressively in the 100 schools around the state from term one, 2017. The Labor Government provided $43.8 million for Doctors in Secondary Schools in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $25.8 million for staff and operational costs and $18 million to build consultation rooms on school grounds. The list of 100 schools taking part is available at: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard “I’m pleased that Ballarat is featuring strongly in the front line of this important program” “Having a doctor at their school will give students reliable healthcare, reduce the pressure on working parents and GPs, and help the students identify and address their health concerns early.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight “This great initiative from the Andrews Labor Government will make it easier for students to get healthcare from a local doctor.”

Three Ballarat Secondary schools To Get A Doctor

Ballarat students will have regular access to a doctor and the healthcare they need at school. The Andrews Labor Government today announced the 100 schools taking part in the Doctors in Schools Program, with Ballarat Secondary College’s Mount Rowan campus, Mount Clear College and Phoenix P-12 Community College among the schools to get a GP under the scheme. Participating schools will partner with local doctors who will visit the schools for up to one day a week, with students able to get referrals to specialists and the help they need before it affects their studies. Half of the schools participating in the program are located in regional Victoria, where families often face barriers to accessing healthcare. Work is now under way on recruitment and training, building consultation rooms at schools and establishing partnerships with local healthcare providers so the program can start rolling out next year. The program will be rolled out progressively in the 100 schools around the state from term one, 2017. The Labor Government provided $43.8 million for Doctors in Secondary Schools in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $25.8 million for staff and operational costs and $18 million to build consultation rooms on school grounds. The list of 100 schools taking part is available at: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard “I’m pleased that Ballarat is featuring strongly in the front line of this important program” “Having a doctor at their school will give students reliable healthcare, reduce the pressure on working parents and GPs, and help the students identify and address their health concerns early.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight “This great initiative from the Andrews Labor Government will make it easier for students to get healthcare from a local doctor.”

Ballarat’s Pitcha Makin Fellas To Light Up Portugal

They’ve exhibited across the country, transformed the Royal Exhibition Building for White Night Melbourne and designed an AFL guernsey. Now Ballarat art collective Pitcha Makin Fellas are set to make their international debut at Portugal’s LUMINA Light Festival. Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard visited the Fellas today to announce a $15,000 grant to support representatives of the group to travel to Portugal to take part in this major festival in the coastal town of Cascais. The group will premiere a new version of their 2016 White Night Melbourne artwork, Six Seasons in One Night, a giant projection work that tells the story of the six Indigenous seasons. The Pitcha Makin Fellas created the work for White Night in collaboration with Portuguese projection artists OCUBO. As well as the projection, the group will also stage an exhibition of their works at a local gallery, including some of the works that went on to be animated for White Night. The Fellas’ will also be doing workshops open to the public where they will produce a series of new paintings during the festival. It is anticipated that more than 30,000 people will see the exhibition and more than 500,000 will experience the projection across the three days of the festival. Since forming just three years ago, the six-man group have quickly gained a profile through exhibitions, commissions and awards as well as leading community and school-based projects and workshops. The group’s work has been acquired by both the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the National Gallery of Victoria. In addition to displaying artworks on the streets and in galleries, the LUMINA Festival includes an artist conference, talks and forums which will give the Fellas the opportunity to build international networks and introduce their work to Festival Directors from across Europe. The LUMINA Light Festival runs from 9-11 September. Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “In just three years the Pitcha Makin Fellas have made a huge impact on the Victorian arts scene with incredible works that tell the Fellas own stories and those of their ancestors.” “We’re proud to support this opportunity which will provide an international platform for the Pitcha Makin Fellas while shining a light on Victorian creativity.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “The LUMINA festival will provide the group with major international exposure and could prove to be a watershed moment for contemporary Victorian Indigenous art.” “I’m looking forward to hearing about how they will wow the crowds in Portugal. I know they’ll do us all proud.”

Ballarat’s Pitcha Makin Fellas To Light Up Portugal

They’ve exhibited across the country, transformed the Royal Exhibition Building for White Night Melbourne and designed an AFL guernsey. Now Ballarat art collective Pitcha Makin Fellas are set to make their international debut at Portugal’s LUMINA Light Festival. Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard visited the Fellas today to announce a $15,000 grant to support representatives of the group to travel to Portugal to take part in this major festival in the coastal town of Cascais. The group will premiere a new version of their 2016 White Night Melbourne artwork, Six Seasons in One Night, a giant projection work that tells the story of the six Indigenous seasons. The Pitcha Makin Fellas created the work for White Night in collaboration with Portuguese projection artists OCUBO. As well as the projection, the group will also stage an exhibition of their works at a local gallery, including some of the works that went on to be animated for White Night. The Fellas’ will also be doing workshops open to the public where they will produce a series of new paintings during the festival. It is anticipated that more than 30,000 people will see the exhibition and more than 500,000 will experience the projection across the three days of the festival. Since forming just three years ago, the six-man group have quickly gained a profile through exhibitions, commissions and awards as well as leading community and school-based projects and workshops. The group’s work has been acquired by both the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the National Gallery of Victoria. In addition to displaying artworks on the streets and in galleries, the LUMINA Festival includes an artist conference, talks and forums which will give the Fellas the opportunity to build international networks and introduce their work to Festival Directors from across Europe. The LUMINA Light Festival runs from 9-11 September. Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “In just three years the Pitcha Makin Fellas have made a huge impact on the Victorian arts scene with incredible works that tell the Fellas own stories and those of their ancestors.” “We’re proud to support this opportunity which will provide an international platform for the Pitcha Makin Fellas while shining a light on Victorian creativity.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “The LUMINA festival will provide the group with major international exposure and could prove to be a watershed moment for contemporary Victorian Indigenous art.” “I’m looking forward to hearing about how they will wow the crowds in Portugal. I know they’ll do us all proud.”

 

New Strategy To Drive Down Waste

Helping Victorians keep more waste out of landfill, reduce the amount of waste generated and boosting recycling is the focus of the new Victorian Waste Education Strategy. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today officially launched the strategy as educators from across Victoria gathered in Ballarat. The two-day conference, hosted by Sustainability Victoria and the Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, brings together waste industry educators and local and state government. The Victorian Waste Education Strategy has been developed by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with communities, councils and the waste industry acknowledging the need for shared responsibility and to increase the effectiveness of education by using the best techniques and behavioural insights. It aims to provide a consistent and coordinated statewide approach to waste education, focusing on behaviour change and increased understanding of the need for, and value of, waste and resource recovery activities. The 10-year strategy will prioritise: •Understanding of community attitudes and perceptions towards waste services and infrastructure – and potentially improve these •Delivery of programs to tackle food waste (for example, organic waste) •Improving resource recovery, for example, behavior change and supporting local interventions to address contamination issues •Reducing litter and illegal dumping, including industrial waste. Implementation of the strategy will be led by Sustainability Victoria alongside the Victorian Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources and the Victorian Organics Resource Recovery Strategy through a $2 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This about helping protect the environment by keeping more waste out of landfill through increasing recycling, reducing contamination and minimising the amount of waste people generate.” “Our strategy also aims to help ensure industry is engaging with communities in the most effective way about decisions on waste and resource recovery infrastructure that may impact them.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “There are huge economic and environmental opportunities for Victoria in waste and resource recovery, and we need a plan to ensure that we are in a position to maximise them while minimising impacts on local communities.”

New Strategy To Drive Down Waste

Helping Victorians keep more waste out of landfill, reduce the amount of waste generated and boosting recycling is the focus of the new Victorian Waste Education Strategy. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today officially launched the strategy as educators from across Victoria gathered in Ballarat. The two-day conference, hosted by Sustainability Victoria and the Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, brings together waste industry educators and local and state government. The Victorian Waste Education Strategy has been developed by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with communities, councils and the waste industry acknowledging the need for shared responsibility and to increase the effectiveness of education by using the best techniques and behavioural insights. It aims to provide a consistent and coordinated statewide approach to waste education, focusing on behaviour change and increased understanding of the need for, and value of, waste and resource recovery activities. The 10-year strategy will prioritise: •Understanding of community attitudes and perceptions towards waste services and infrastructure – and potentially improve these •Delivery of programs to tackle food waste (for example, organic waste) •Improving resource recovery, for example, behavior change and supporting local interventions to address contamination issues •Reducing litter and illegal dumping, including industrial waste. Implementation of the strategy will be led by Sustainability Victoria alongside the Victorian Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources and the Victorian Organics Resource Recovery Strategy through a $2 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This about helping protect the environment by keeping more waste out of landfill through increasing recycling, reducing contamination and minimising the amount of waste people generate.” “Our strategy also aims to help ensure industry is engaging with communities in the most effective way about decisions on waste and resource recovery infrastructure that may impact them.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “There are huge economic and environmental opportunities for Victoria in waste and resource recovery, and we need a plan to ensure that we are in a position to maximise them while minimising impacts on local communities.”

Skills First: Real Training For Real Jobs In Ballarat

Local MPs Sharon Knight and Geoff Howard welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s Skills First reforms which will deliver increased funding to secure the future of TAFE at Federation University. The changes will result in a high quality, stable TAFE system that restores the confidence of students, employers and industry, and transforms training in the Ballarat area. Skills First features a more focused training sector with government, industry, TAFE and quality training providers working in partnership to provide government funded training. Starting with $114 million in 2017, Victoria’s TAFEs - including Federation University - will receive additional funding recognising their role as public providers helping Victorians access real training for real jobs, providing an opportunity for disadvantaged learners. In addition, each year, Victoria’s training providers will have access to three targeted funding streams; in 2017: • $30 million for the Regional and Specialist Training fund; • $20 million to support high needs learners; and • $40 million Workforce Training Innovation Fund – promoting innovative training and skills in emerging and priority industries. The reformed system – which will be introduced progressively from January 2017 – follows last year’s response to the independent VET Funding Review led by Bruce Mackenzie. The Andrews Labor Government inherited a training and TAFE system in disarray with regional Victoria neglected by the former Coalition Government. The Labor Government has invested heavily in TAFEs, including the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund and our $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund.  This has included $9.4 million for Federation University TAFE. The Government has also cracked down on dodgy providers, with a quality blitz and tough new training contracts. For more details on the new system, go to www.skillsfirst.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Geoff Howard MP “This new model will help secure new apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in partnership with industry and employers to match skills needed for jobs of the future.” Quote attributable to Sharon Knight MP “Skills First will mean a strong and stable TAFE in Ballarat, and will give confidence to students in our region that they are getting real training for real jobs.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “With Skills First we’re making sure Victorian students have access to real training that will lead to a real job so they don’t waste their time and money on courses that won’t get them a job.”

Skills First: Real Training For Real Jobs In Ballarat

Local MPs Sharon Knight and Geoff Howard welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s Skills First reforms which will deliver increased funding to secure the future of TAFE at Federation University. The changes will result in a high quality, stable TAFE system that restores the confidence of students, employers and industry, and transforms training in the Ballarat area. Skills First features a more focused training sector with government, industry, TAFE and quality training providers working in partnership to provide government funded training. Starting with $114 million in 2017, Victoria’s TAFEs - including Federation University - will receive additional funding recognising their role as public providers helping Victorians access real training for real jobs, providing an opportunity for disadvantaged learners. In addition, each year, Victoria’s training providers will have access to three targeted funding streams; in 2017: • $30 million for the Regional and Specialist Training fund; • $20 million to support high needs learners; and • $40 million Workforce Training Innovation Fund – promoting innovative training and skills in emerging and priority industries. The reformed system – which will be introduced progressively from January 2017 – follows last year’s response to the independent VET Funding Review led by Bruce Mackenzie. The Andrews Labor Government inherited a training and TAFE system in disarray with regional Victoria neglected by the former Coalition Government. The Labor Government has invested heavily in TAFEs, including the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund and our $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund.  This has included $9.4 million for Federation University TAFE. The Government has also cracked down on dodgy providers, with a quality blitz and tough new training contracts. For more details on the new system, go to www.skillsfirst.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Geoff Howard MP “This new model will help secure new apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in partnership with industry and employers to match skills needed for jobs of the future.” Quote attributable to Sharon Knight MP “Skills First will mean a strong and stable TAFE in Ballarat, and will give confidence to students in our region that they are getting real training for real jobs.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “With Skills First we’re making sure Victorian students have access to real training that will lead to a real job so they don’t waste their time and money on courses that won’t get them a job.”

HELPING BALLARAT AUTO SUPPLY CHAIN COMPANIES HIT TOP GEAR

Grants to two Ballarat manufacturers to develop transition plans that will identify new opportunities and new markets to target.

Ballarat Builder Scores Eureka Construction Contract

Local firm Nicholson Construction has won the contract to build Ballarat’s much anticipated Eureka Stadium. Nicholson Construction boasts more than 120 years’ experience, positioned as the industry leader in construction across regional Victoria. In 2015, it won the highly coveted Master Builders Association of Victoria, Regional Commercial Builder of the Year. The firm will work with renowned Melbourne firm, Peddle Thorp Architects, to deliver the project, including: •Upgrading change rooms and match-day facilities to AFL standard •Upgrading stadium seating, providing public shelters, toilets for all-abilities access, catering and food beverage facilities and ticketing infrastructure •Improving lighting around the main oval and providing a video and electronic scoreboard The revitalised stadium will deliver more than 5,000 undercover seats and a total stadium capacity of more than 11,000 spectators. Construction is slated for completion in time for the beginning of the 2017 AFL season. The project is expected to create 38 construction jobs, attract an extra 1500 participants per year, draw another 21,000 visitors to Ballarat each year and increase annual tourism spending in the city by up to $3.6 million. The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $30 million in the Eureka precinct redevelopment, which includes upgrading Eureka Stadium, the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre and the C.E. Brown Reserve. The new stadium will also cater for international acts and tournaments, bringing events to the region that would otherwise have to be held only in Melbourne or Geelong. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “With the announcement of Nicholson Construction as the construction partner for the Eureka Stadium project, the redevelopment is on track for the Western Bulldogs to play in 2017.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “Sporting precincts that are world-class like the Eureka Precinct in Ballarat, bring visitors, sporting clubs and fans to our region – and that’s a good thing.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Nicholson Construction will help to build the world-class stadium that Ballarat deserves, allowing the Western Bulldogs to play AFL home-and-away matches in Ballarat, meaning more tourists and a stronger local economy.” Quote attributable to City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Des Hudson “Council is very pleased that Ballarat’s own Nicholson Construction has been awarded the $14 million contract to build our Eureka Stadium, adding new jobs and keeping this significant State Government investment in our local economy.”

Ballarat Builder Scores Eureka Construction Contract

Local firm Nicholson Construction has won the contract to build Ballarat’s much anticipated Eureka Stadium. Nicholson Construction boasts more than 120 years’ experience, positioned as the industry leader in construction across regional Victoria. In 2015, it won the highly coveted Master Builders Association of Victoria, Regional Commercial Builder of the Year. The firm will work with renowned Melbourne firm, Peddle Thorp Architects, to deliver the project, including: •Upgrading change rooms and match-day facilities to AFL standard •Upgrading stadium seating, providing public shelters, toilets for all-abilities access, catering and food beverage facilities and ticketing infrastructure •Improving lighting around the main oval and providing a video and electronic scoreboard The revitalised stadium will deliver more than 5,000 undercover seats and a total stadium capacity of more than 11,000 spectators. Construction is slated for completion in time for the beginning of the 2017 AFL season. The project is expected to create 38 construction jobs, attract an extra 1500 participants per year, draw another 21,000 visitors to Ballarat each year and increase annual tourism spending in the city by up to $3.6 million. The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $30 million in the Eureka precinct redevelopment, which includes upgrading Eureka Stadium, the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre and the C.E. Brown Reserve. The new stadium will also cater for international acts and tournaments, bringing events to the region that would otherwise have to be held only in Melbourne or Geelong. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “With the announcement of Nicholson Construction as the construction partner for the Eureka Stadium project, the redevelopment is on track for the Western Bulldogs to play in 2017.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “Sporting precincts that are world-class like the Eureka Precinct in Ballarat, bring visitors, sporting clubs and fans to our region – and that’s a good thing.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Nicholson Construction will help to build the world-class stadium that Ballarat deserves, allowing the Western Bulldogs to play AFL home-and-away matches in Ballarat, meaning more tourists and a stronger local economy.” Quote attributable to City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Des Hudson “Council is very pleased that Ballarat’s own Nicholson Construction has been awarded the $14 million contract to build our Eureka Stadium, adding new jobs and keeping this significant State Government investment in our local economy.”