Upgraded Guide Dogs Victoria Facilities now open thanks to Community Development Grants Programme

Media Release

FN009/2016

07 March 2016

Joint release with:

Josh Frydenberg

Federal Member for Kooyong

Eric Abetz

Senator for Tasmania

Guide Dogs Victoria's upgraded facilities were unveiled at an official opening in Kew today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the $3.167 million upgrade will support the ongoing supply of fully trained guide dogs.

“Guide Dogs Victoria's training and breeding programmes provide people with vision impairments the opportunity to live independently,” Senator Nash said.

“The Australian Government is committed to supporting projects that make a real difference and have a longer term positive impact on local communities.

“We are providing almost $350 million under the Community Development Grants Programme to fund approximately 300 valuable projects like this one to improve the social and economic infrastructure of communities across Australia.”

Federal Member for Kooyong Josh Frydenberg said the upgrade will provide Guide Dogs Victoria with the opportunity to expand its services.

“The enhanced facilities will allow Guide Dogs Victoria to expand its breeding programme, providing more Victorians with Guide Dogs entirely free of charge,” Mr Frydenberg said.

“There are now 55 sleeping kennels and 11 kennel yards, as well as three new whelping rooms capable of housing up to 30 pups.”

The Community Development Grants Programme is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

For further information visit: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/communitydevelopment/index.aspx.