14 June 2024

The Allan Labor Government is building on its support for regional Victoria with exciting new projects set to boost local economies, build even stronger communities and give people even more reasons to stop and visit.

Over $3.5 million will support projects across the Hume region through the Labor Government’s $25 million Council Support Package. The package, now fully acquitted, has successfully helped shovel-ready projects get off the ground in our biggest regional cities and surrounding towns.

The package funds projects that are designed to increase tourism, improve local infrastructure, strengthen businesses and empower volunteers – with grants ranging from $20,000 and $5 million depending on size and scope.

We’re helping locals stay active with upgrades to the Shepparton Sports Precinct as part of a $3 million grant that will see new changing rooms, sports equipment, indoor court improvements and pathways to link the whole precinct together.

We’re investing almost $99,000 towards the Gateway Island Trail Activation Project in Wodonga, including an extension to trails, accessible river access, installation of signage and seating, public art and marketing.

In Wangaratta, $100,000 will help to deliver public artwork and wayfinding to connect pedestrians in Reid Street, Wangaratta, to the Riverside Square on Faithfull Street and the Bullawah Cultural Trail.

$99,000 will also support the construction of a new all-abilities community playspace at the Barnawartha Recreation Reserve, to enhance the livability of this growing township and supporting young people to thrive in a safe space.

In Seymour, we are backing regional tourism with $75,000 towards improvements to facilities at the Seymour Visitor Information Centre, located in the Seymour Old Courthouse, enhancing the visitor experience and community facilities.

The Council Support Package has backed 27 projects across regional Victoria, and complements the Tiny Towns Fund, which is backing projects that really matter to local communities in smaller towns of up to 5,000 people. Tiny Towns Fund first round projects will be announced in the coming months, with both programs delivered through Regional Development Victoria.

These initiatives are part of the Labor Government’s record $45 billion investment in regional Victoria since 2014, making our regions even better places to live, work and visit.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Gayle Tierney

“We’re proud to support so many exciting projects across rural and regional Victoria that will lead to better public spaces, more economic activity and better outcomes for visitors and locals.”

“These projects are shovel-ready meaning that we’re ready to support better outcomes that benefit our regions sooner.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“We’re supporting and celebrating our unique regional and rural towns, and this initiative empowers them to choose projects that highlight their local landmarks, businesses, and community assets.