Funding and jobs flow to key Goulburn Valley projects

Media Release

JM053/2018

23 March 2018

Joint release with:

Bridget McKenzie

Senator for Victoria

  • Over 130 jobs, including more than 85 ongoing roles to be generated in the Goulburn Valley
  • Package forms part of the Coalition Government's commitment to initiative to stimulate job creation and investment in regional Australia
  • Seven projects, totalling $1.77 million, will be delivered across the Goulburn Valley region

Residents and businesses of the Goulburn Valley region in Victoria have received a boost today following the announcement of seven successful projects under the Coalition Government's Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the initiative, which is progressively being rolled-out across Australia, has been a key job creator in regional communities.

“The Coalition Government is committed to creating more and better paying jobs. This $1.77 million investment in the Goulburn Valley region will create over 130 jobs—including 86 ongoing roles—encouraging economic growth and ensuring regional Australia can reach its potential,” Dr McVeigh said.

“We are focused on delivering a strong economy and with the announcement of the seven successful Goulburn Valley region projects today, we have been able to partner with the private sector to deliver more than $3.5 million to the local economy.

“The Coalition Government is continuing its investment in regional Australia, through grant programs like the recently announced Regional Growth Fund, which is open for Initial Applications until 27 April 2018.”

Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said she was pleased to see the projects announced, and said the investment would help diversify the Goulburn Valley's economy.

“The Coalition is getting on with delivering projects like the refurbishment of the Beechworth Railway Goods Shed—increasing tourism and showcasing the region's heritage while creating over 20 jobs, 19 of which are expected to be ongoing,” Senator McKenzie said.

“Projects like the CBD Tourism Cycling Links project will see the construction of an 8 kilometre sealed track, along with car parking and rest areas, which will increase attraction as an outdoor tourism destination between Wodonga's CBD and the broader North East region.

“We're investing over $400,000 towards the construction of infrastructure at Wangaratta Aerodrome which will support the expansion of Avionics businesses and attract Aeronautical tourism companies to the Rural City of Wangaratta.”

Successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages: Indi

Successful RecipientProjectAustralian Government GrantTotal Project Cost
Indigo Shire Council—Beechworth This project involves the refurbishment of the Beechworth Railway Goods Shed into a multi-purpose commercial space to complement the railway station precinct and adjacent rail trail. The re-activated Goods Shed will be a vital link as the entry point to two legs of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. The $6 million leg from Beechworth to Yackandandah is expected to begin construction in 2018. It is expected that with cycle-related businesses and other enterprises such as the Beechworth Food Co-op situated at the Goods Shed, the project will generate a significant boost to the economy of Indigo Shire and create jobs. $230,000 $460,000
Wodonga City Council—Wodonga The CBD Tourism Cycling Links project will establish a much needed CBD link from Osburn Street to Whytes Road, which connects with the High Council Rail Trail, a 30km trail along the foreshore of Lake Hume and one of the most spectacular trails in Australia. $594,550 $1,189,100
Kinglake Distillery Pty. Ltd—Kinglake Central The project will expand the production, storage capacity and tasting room of an existing whisky distillery. This will provide sufficient product to prepare for the export market and to offer a contract distilling service. It will also boost the profile an important Kinglake tourist attraction. $150,600 $301,200
Westmont Aged Care Services Limited—Baranduda The demand for an appropriately skilled and committed aged care (AC) workforce in rural areas has escalated over decades. Workforce estimates indicate a worsening of the current situation due to the ageing and imminent retirement of a large number of community AC workers. The care needs of a growing population of community-living elders are more complex given the high prevalence of multiple and chronic physical and cognitive conditions among this group. Industry and policy demands for high quality and cost-effective care into the future are threatened by projected workforce and skill shortfalls as well as by dissatisfaction with current training courses. The project seeks to profile how this problem manifests within the Goulburn Valley region and to develop future training. $25,500 $51,000
Starkbrau Pty Ltd—Beechworth The project will create the marque brewery visitor experience centre in Victoria's High Country, and allow an expansion of a state of the art brewery facility. The Venue and Brewery will drive tourism to the area through education, events and experiences. Expansion of the manufacturing of beer will generate employment, increase production capacity and efficiencies, improve beer quality and increase the national distribution footprint as well as open up export growth opportunities. $307,500 $615,000
Wangaratta Rural City Council—Wangaratta The project will provide infrastructure that will support the expansion of Avionics businesses and attract Aeronautical tourism companies to the Rural City of Wangaratta. $413,500 $827,000
Mansfield Shire Council—Mansfield The Mansfield Station Precinct Activation Project is an opportunity to provide the blueprint for a vibrant tourism and hospitality hub at the entry to Mansfield Township that will be an important contributor to the local and regional economies. It is anticipated to provide local ongoing jobs particularly around the hospitality and tourism sector and provide a net economic benefit to the town and region through the flow on effects of increased tourism activity. The precinct is home to the start of the Great Victorian Rail Trail and offers itself as an opportunity to incorporate and build upon bicycle tourism in the area. The project seeks to provide a feasibility study that compliments a masterplan with conceptual sketches. $50,000 $100,000