Archives for August, 2019

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More Rebates, More Savings And A Safer Solar Industry

More than 23,000 extra Victorian households will benefit from solar energy rebates in the coming year, with the Andrews Labor Government making a major boost to its landmark Solar Homes program. Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the extra rebates for the 2019/20 financial year,..

More Support For Victoria’s Recycling Sector

The Andrews Labor Government is taking further action to support Victoria’s recycling sector, with a $10 million loan to SKM’s receivers KordaMentha to help clean-up SKM sites and resume waste processing. At the same time the Government is beginning the process to overhaul kerbside recycling…

Boosting Energy Savings For Northern Grampians Shire

Northern Grampians Shire Council is taking charge of their energy bills and helping tackle climate change, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today unveiled Stawell Senior Citizens Centre’s energy project, featuring an..

New Ballarat Solar Project To Drive Down Energy Costs

A local disability service provider in Ballarat is set to save thousands on their power bills thanks to a new solar system. The Andrews Labor Government has partnered with Ballarat Community Power Hub to deliver a cost-saving solar system to power the McCallum Disability Services, Disability..

Solar Boosting Jobs And Clean Energy In Shepparton

The Andrews Labor Government has approved three new solar farms for the Shepparton region that will create more than 600 jobs and generate enough clean energy to power more than 80,000 homes. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved permits for the Tatura East, Tallygaroopna..

New Commissioner For A Fairer Energy Market

Competition law expert Sitesh Bhojani has been appointed to the board of the Essential Services Commission. Assistant Treasurer Robin Scott today announced Mr Bhojani as the ESC’s newest commissioner, joining Kate Symons and Simon Corden. The extra commissioner position was announced as part of the..

Bus Boost for Wollert Families

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for families to get around Wollert with a brand-new school special bus service and an extension to a current route. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Route 357 will be extended to run closer to..

Targeting Employers Flouting Workplace Safety Rules

A new workplace health and safety awareness campaign targeting employers who risk workers’ lives is warning they face tough penalties if they do the wrong thing. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy joined Worksafe inspectors today to launch the new ‘More Inspectors. More Inspections.’ campaign..

Energy And Water Support For Victims Of Family Violence

The Essential Services Commission has released a guide for energy and water retailers for Better practice in responding to family violence. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today welcomed the new guide as an important step in addressing the recommendations of the 2016..

Full Steam Ahead For Reservoir Level Crossing Removal

The next major phase of works at the Reservoir level crossing removal site will kick off tomorrow – allowing construction crews to ramp up work and get on and remove this notorious crossing for good. To enable the next phase of works, the High Street..

More Renewable Energy To Boost Jobs And Cut Power Bills

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting renewable energy in Victoria – creating thousands of jobs, putting more energy into the grid and driving down energy prices. The Labor Government will today introduce a Bill into parliament to legislate increasing Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target (VRET) to..

Delivering Clean Energy For The Natimuk Community

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Natimuk – a small Victorian wheat belt town – to reach its goal of being 100 per cent powered by renewable energy by building its own community owned solar farm. Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio..

Funding Boost For Aged Care Research

Older Victorians will receive better care and support to age well, thanks to ongoing research funded by the Andrews Labor Government and led by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan this week announced $3.6 million over three..

Funding Boost For Free TAFE As Enrolments Surge

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled a major funding package to support the huge growth in enrolments that its landmark Free TAFE initiative is driving across Victoria. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today announced an additional $11.7 million to..

CAR-T Cell Cancer Therapy to Save Lives

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments work together to make CAR-T Cell Therapy available to patients CAR-T Cell Therapy is one of the most expensive treatments ever to be brought to Australia More than 95 Victorians are diagnosed with cancer every day The Victorian and Commonwealth..

More Funding For Injured Wildlife

The Andrews Labor Government is helping protect Victoria’s injured wildlife with $470,000 in funding to support wildlife rescue volunteers. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today visited Wildlife Victoria’s headquarters in Abbotsford to meet volunteers and tour the Wildlife Victoria Emergency Response Service call centre. Calls..

Recruitment Drive To Boost Forest Firefighter Numbers

The Andrews Labor Government is recruiting 300 forest firefighters for summer to help keep Victorians safe in the upcoming fire season. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced applications have now opened for men and women to join Forest Fire Management Victoria..