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Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council

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State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2017

Sharon Knight discussing recent announcements that will boost business activity in Ballarat and across regional Victoria.

Government Jobs For Ballarat

The Andrews Labor Government’s most recent budget includes a massive boost to Ballarat. The Ballarat GovHub will be home to up to 1000 Victorian Government employees.  This will include 600 new positions to the city. This brand new office will include employees across: Department of Education and Training Department of Justice and Regulation Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport & Resources Consumer Affairs Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning State Revenue Office VicRoads Service Victoria Development Victoria will lead the establishment of the new government office to be located at the redeveloped Civic Hall site. In addition to 350 car parking spaces that will be required by employees based at the facility, the Andrews Government’s investment includes $2 million towards the City of Ballarat’s CBD Parking Action Plan. This will allow the City of Ballarat to commence delivery of at least 1,000 nearby car parking spaces, offsetting the loss of parking at the Civic Hall site and improving CBD car parking. Construction of the Ballarat GovHub is expected to commence in 2018 and will be completed in 2020. The project will create up to 500 jobs during construction. For more information check out the Ballarat GovHub Q&A's.  

Government Jobs For Ballarat

The Andrews Labor Government’s most recent budget includes a massive boost to Ballarat. The Ballarat GovHub will be home to up to 1000 Victorian Government employees.  This will include 600 new positions to the city. This brand new office will include employees across: Department of Education and Training Department of Justice and Regulation Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport & Resources Consumer Affairs Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning State Revenue Office VicRoads Service Victoria Development Victoria will lead the establishment of the new government office to be located at the redeveloped Civic Hall site. In addition to 350 car parking spaces that will be required by employees based at the facility, the Andrews Government’s investment includes $2 million towards the City of Ballarat’s CBD Parking Action Plan. This will allow the City of Ballarat to commence delivery of at least 1,000 nearby car parking spaces, offsetting the loss of parking at the Civic Hall site and improving CBD car parking. Construction of the Ballarat GovHub is expected to commence in 2018 and will be completed in 2020. The project will create up to 500 jobs during construction. For more information check out the Ballarat GovHub Q&A's.  

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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'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.”

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