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‘Be Present’ With Your Family This Christmas

The Andrews Labor Government and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) today launched a pre-Christmas appeal to motorists to keep each other safe ahead of the festive season. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan joined senior representatives from the Transport Accident Commission, VicRoads and Victoria Police to ask motorists to slow down, plan their trips and avoid taking risks. Victorians are being invited to visit the TAC’s ‘Be Present’ display at the City of Melbourne’s Christmas festival at City Square – where they’ll be able to dress up in Christmas costumes and pose for photographs to be made into Christmas cards and shared on social media. The cards will also remind Victorians that the best thing they can give their loved ones this Christmas is to be there. ‘Be Present’ will also tour regional and suburban carols events and is part of an unprecedented December effort by the state’s road safety agencies to keep Victorians safe on the roads. The TAC will have a strong presence in regional Victoria these holidays as country Victorians are four times more likely to be killed on the roads than in metropolitan Melbourne. TAC road safety teams will be at more than 40 regional events, including festivals and racing meets, providing safe driving advice, free breath tests, giveaways and more to prevent more lives being lost on country roads. At the same time, money fast-tracked from a new $12 million TAC-funded enforcement program will help deliver the most visible police presence with an additional 1,300 police shifts on Victoria’s roads leading up to Christmas. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “We’ve had too many lives lost on our roads this year and that’s why we’re asking all Victorians to ‘Be Present’ this Christmas.” “We’re urging all Victorians to make good choices before they get behind the wheel this Christmas and reminding them the best gift they can give is just to be there.”  “We know this time of year means more Victorians are on our roads, taking longer trips to see family and friends and that’s why we’re asking you to plan your journey, take breaks, don’t speed and arrive safely.”

‘Be Present’ With Your Family This Christmas

The Andrews Labor Government and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) today launched a pre-Christmas appeal to motorists to keep each other safe ahead of the festive season. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan joined senior representatives from the Transport Accident Commission, VicRoads and Victoria Police to ask motorists to slow down, plan their trips and avoid taking risks. Victorians are being invited to visit the TAC’s ‘Be Present’ display at the City of Melbourne’s Christmas festival at City Square – where they’ll be able to dress up in Christmas costumes and pose for photographs to be made into Christmas cards and shared on social media. The cards will also remind Victorians that the best thing they can give their loved ones this Christmas is to be there. ‘Be Present’ will also tour regional and suburban carols events and is part of an unprecedented December effort by the state’s road safety agencies to keep Victorians safe on the roads. The TAC will have a strong presence in regional Victoria these holidays as country Victorians are four times more likely to be killed on the roads than in metropolitan Melbourne. TAC road safety teams will be at more than 40 regional events, including festivals and racing meets, providing safe driving advice, free breath tests, giveaways and more to prevent more lives being lost on country roads. At the same time, money fast-tracked from a new $12 million TAC-funded enforcement program will help deliver the most visible police presence with an additional 1,300 police shifts on Victoria’s roads leading up to Christmas. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “We’ve had too many lives lost on our roads this year and that’s why we’re asking all Victorians to ‘Be Present’ this Christmas.” “We’re urging all Victorians to make good choices before they get behind the wheel this Christmas and reminding them the best gift they can give is just to be there.”  “We know this time of year means more Victorians are on our roads, taking longer trips to see family and friends and that’s why we’re asking you to plan your journey, take breaks, don’t speed and arrive safely.”

Petrol Prices Clear For All

Victorian motorists will benefit at the petrol pump thanks to new rules for petrol price advertising by service stations, which come into effect today. Under the new regulations, all Victorian service stations can only advertise the full price of petrol to motorists on price boards. These changes help motorists trying to compare prices to get the best deal, and guarantee that no one pays more for fuel than the price displayed on the board. The new regulations also ensure the price advertised on the fuel-price board is the same as what is on the pump, with service station operators required to update their boards at the same time or before the price on the pump increases. Service station operators who are still advertising discounted prices on their fuel-price boards, or do not change their fuel-price boards to reflect the price on the bowser, will face penalties of more than $3,000. Under the new regulations operators will still be able to advertise discount offers, such as discounts for specific shopper dockets, as long as the full price of fuel is displayed on their price boards. Anyone concerned that a service-station fuel-price board is still advertising discounted fuel-prices should contact Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 81 81. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “We're putting people first at the bowser, so motorists can have the confidence that the price on board is the most they will pay.” “We’re making sure motorists aren’t being lured in to petrol stations by ‘cheap’ prices which are conditional on a shopper docket.” “The new regulations mean that nobody will pay more for fuel than the price displayed on the board.”

Petrol Prices Clear For All

Victorian motorists will benefit at the petrol pump thanks to new rules for petrol price advertising by service stations, which come into effect today. Under the new regulations, all Victorian service stations can only advertise the full price of petrol to motorists on price boards. These changes help motorists trying to compare prices to get the best deal, and guarantee that no one pays more for fuel than the price displayed on the board. The new regulations also ensure the price advertised on the fuel-price board is the same as what is on the pump, with service station operators required to update their boards at the same time or before the price on the pump increases. Service station operators who are still advertising discounted prices on their fuel-price boards, or do not change their fuel-price boards to reflect the price on the bowser, will face penalties of more than $3,000. Under the new regulations operators will still be able to advertise discount offers, such as discounts for specific shopper dockets, as long as the full price of fuel is displayed on their price boards. Anyone concerned that a service-station fuel-price board is still advertising discounted fuel-prices should contact Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 81 81. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “We're putting people first at the bowser, so motorists can have the confidence that the price on board is the most they will pay.” “We’re making sure motorists aren’t being lured in to petrol stations by ‘cheap’ prices which are conditional on a shopper docket.” “The new regulations mean that nobody will pay more for fuel than the price displayed on the board.”

Liberals, Nationals Need To Come Clean On Fracking

Minister for Resources Wade Noonan has urged Victoria’s Liberal and Nationals to reveal their stance on fracking, in the wake of their South Australian colleagues committing to a 10-year moratorium for unconventional gas. Liberal South Australian Opposition Leader Steven Marshall has made an election commitment for a moratorium on unconventional gas less than a week after the Andrews Labor Government introduced a landmark ban into the Victorian Parliament. While Mr Marshall has pushed for a moratorium on any unconventional gas exploration or development in the Limestone Coast area, Victorian voters are still in the dark as to which way their local Liberal and National MPs will vote for the Bill introduced last week. Mr Marshall used his announcement to highlight the uncertainty unconventional gas causes communities, noting the potential to contaminate groundwater and jeopardise premium food and wine production. The South Australian Liberals’s position is in stark contrast to their pro-fracking federal colleagues and shows the Liberals and Nationals have no clear position, in complete disregard for Victoria’s regional communities. The Labor Government was elected to put people first – and that means supporting Victorian farmers, their families and regional communities. Quotes attributable to Minister for Resources Wade Noonan “We’re banning fracking to support farmers, the environment, and our vital food and fibre sector.” “It's time for Victoria’s Libs and Nats to be clear on where they stand – people deserve to know which way their local members will vote.”   “We've seen unprecedented support for the fracking ban and the only uncertainty for our farmers comes from the Liberals and Nationals.”

Liberals, Nationals Need To Come Clean On Fracking

Minister for Resources Wade Noonan has urged Victoria’s Liberal and Nationals to reveal their stance on fracking, in the wake of their South Australian colleagues committing to a 10-year moratorium for unconventional gas. Liberal South Australian Opposition Leader Steven Marshall has made an election commitment for a moratorium on unconventional gas less than a week after the Andrews Labor Government introduced a landmark ban into the Victorian Parliament. While Mr Marshall has pushed for a moratorium on any unconventional gas exploration or development in the Limestone Coast area, Victorian voters are still in the dark as to which way their local Liberal and National MPs will vote for the Bill introduced last week. Mr Marshall used his announcement to highlight the uncertainty unconventional gas causes communities, noting the potential to contaminate groundwater and jeopardise premium food and wine production. The South Australian Liberals’s position is in stark contrast to their pro-fracking federal colleagues and shows the Liberals and Nationals have no clear position, in complete disregard for Victoria’s regional communities. The Labor Government was elected to put people first – and that means supporting Victorian farmers, their families and regional communities. Quotes attributable to Minister for Resources Wade Noonan “We’re banning fracking to support farmers, the environment, and our vital food and fibre sector.” “It's time for Victoria’s Libs and Nats to be clear on where they stand – people deserve to know which way their local members will vote.”   “We've seen unprecedented support for the fracking ban and the only uncertainty for our farmers comes from the Liberals and Nationals.”

Building Infrastructure Quicker And Smarter

The Andrews Labor Government is set to reduce the time and costs for industry as it delivers Victoria’s strong infrastructure pipeline. Treasurer Tim Pallas today released a short paper, Reforming Public Construction, which identifies reforms to deliver projects quicker and more efficiently, boosting jobs and Victoria’s competitiveness. The paper was developed in consultation with contractors and industry bodies, and identifies three broad areas for action: Exploring ways to make procurement processes across government more consistent Streamlining and simplifying tender requirements to reduce time and costs for industry Harnessing procurement and project management skills within government. It builds on the Labor Government’s work to date, including the establishment of Infrastructure Victoria and the Office of Projects Victoria – both of which are transforming the way projects are prioritised and delivered. Victoria’s infrastructure pipeline is strong – as the Labor Government gets on with building the infrastructure that Victorians need and deserve. The Government is growing infrastructure investment growing from an average of $5.2 billion per year during the previous seven years, to around $7.4 billion per year from 2016-17. The paper is available at http://www.dtf.vic.gov.au/Publications/Infrastructure-Delivery-publications/Reforming-public-construction Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Feedback from the industry is that we need to reduce red tape and allow industry to more effectively and efficiently work with government – cutting costs, saving money and delivering infrastructure quicker.” “For the last two years, we've delivered on the things that matter most to people – building the infrastructure that Victorians need and deserve – and this reform ensures that infrastructure is delivered in the best possible way.” Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer Civil Contractors Federation John Kilgour “The Civil Contractors Federation warmly welcomes the Victorian Government's approach to improving current tendering and procurement practices.” “This is a positive step for the industry which will help build infrastructure quicker; it is great for the Victorian economy and great for local jobs.”

Building Infrastructure Quicker And Smarter

The Andrews Labor Government is set to reduce the time and costs for industry as it delivers Victoria’s strong infrastructure pipeline. Treasurer Tim Pallas today released a short paper, Reforming Public Construction, which identifies reforms to deliver projects quicker and more efficiently, boosting jobs and Victoria’s competitiveness. The paper was developed in consultation with contractors and industry bodies, and identifies three broad areas for action: Exploring ways to make procurement processes across government more consistent Streamlining and simplifying tender requirements to reduce time and costs for industry Harnessing procurement and project management skills within government. It builds on the Labor Government’s work to date, including the establishment of Infrastructure Victoria and the Office of Projects Victoria – both of which are transforming the way projects are prioritised and delivered. Victoria’s infrastructure pipeline is strong – as the Labor Government gets on with building the infrastructure that Victorians need and deserve. The Government is growing infrastructure investment growing from an average of $5.2 billion per year during the previous seven years, to around $7.4 billion per year from 2016-17. The paper is available at http://www.dtf.vic.gov.au/Publications/Infrastructure-Delivery-publications/Reforming-public-construction Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Feedback from the industry is that we need to reduce red tape and allow industry to more effectively and efficiently work with government – cutting costs, saving money and delivering infrastructure quicker.” “For the last two years, we've delivered on the things that matter most to people – building the infrastructure that Victorians need and deserve – and this reform ensures that infrastructure is delivered in the best possible way.” Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer Civil Contractors Federation John Kilgour “The Civil Contractors Federation warmly welcomes the Victorian Government's approach to improving current tendering and procurement practices.” “This is a positive step for the industry which will help build infrastructure quicker; it is great for the Victorian economy and great for local jobs.”

 

450 New Paramedics On The Road To Put People First

Hundreds more paramedics will be employed as part of a new Andrews Labor Government $500 million plan to improve ambulance response times. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today announced the record funding – the biggest ever investment in ambulance services – to employ 450 more paramedics, put more new ambulances on the road and build 15 new and upgraded stations across Victoria. At the heart of the plan will be the establishment of six new super ambulance response centres, housing more than 200 paramedics, to meet the huge and growing demand in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. This investment will ensure our paramedics are better supported to respond to large scale health emergencies, such as natural disasters, and to everyday medical emergencies. With more patients than ever presenting at hospitals, the plan also includes $50 million for emergency departments so more patients are treated and admitted quickly, freeing up our ambulances to get back on the road sooner. To better meet the challenges of providing emergency care in regional and rural communities, we will roll out additional paramedic and vehicle resources in 12 new rural locations to make sure families get an ambulance when they need one. Since coming to government, we’ve been working hard every day to rebuild our ambulance system after four years of crisis and neglect under the Liberals. Now, after two years of investing in and reforming our ambulance system, more ambulances are arriving at emergencies sooner – with Code 1 average response times the quickest they have been in five years. Ambulances are now arriving at 76.6 per cent of Code 1 incidents within 15 minutes, compared to a record low of 73 per cent at the height of the Liberals’ ambulance crisis. But we still need to do more. In order to continue to improve response times, our new $500 million package includes: Employing 450 new paramedics over the next three years Establishing six new ‘super response centres’ supported by more than 200 paramedics to meet growing demand in Melbourne’s suburbs including the west, the outer north-west, the north, the north-east, outer east and south-east Building new or upgrading 15 branches across the state, on top the 20 upgrade projects already underway Deploying 225 new paramedics in 22 branches across the state, assessed as highest priority and in need of further resources to meet local demand Purchasing new ambulance vehicles and equipment to support the additional paramedic teams Creating 12 new services in rural and remote towns with a local paramedic and vehicle, based on a successful model trialled at Wedderburn and Warracknabeal Treating more patients in emergency departments sooner with a $50 million boost to hire more clinicians and open more beds This funding is on top of the $144 million provided in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, which included the $60 million Response Time Rescue Fund to improve ambulance response times. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews "We’re putting people first with biggest ever investment in Victoria’s history to cut ambulance response times even further and save more lives." "Response times are the best they have been in five years, but there’s still more work to do." Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy "Instead of waging war against paramedics like the Liberals did, we’re working hand-in-hand with paramedics to keep improving ambulance response times." "We know that in an emergency every second counts. That’s why we’re giving our paramedics the new resources they need, where they are needed most, so that whatever the situation, I want Victorians to have confidence that in an emergency they will get the care and treatment they need, when they need it."

450 New Paramedics On The Road To Put People First

Hundreds more paramedics will be employed as part of a new Andrews Labor Government $500 million plan to improve ambulance response times. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today announced the record funding – the biggest ever investment in ambulance services – to employ 450 more paramedics, put more new ambulances on the road and build 15 new and upgraded stations across Victoria. At the heart of the plan will be the establishment of six new super ambulance response centres, housing more than 200 paramedics, to meet the huge and growing demand in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. This investment will ensure our paramedics are better supported to respond to large scale health emergencies, such as natural disasters, and to everyday medical emergencies. With more patients than ever presenting at hospitals, the plan also includes $50 million for emergency departments so more patients are treated and admitted quickly, freeing up our ambulances to get back on the road sooner. To better meet the challenges of providing emergency care in regional and rural communities, we will roll out additional paramedic and vehicle resources in 12 new rural locations to make sure families get an ambulance when they need one. Since coming to government, we’ve been working hard every day to rebuild our ambulance system after four years of crisis and neglect under the Liberals. Now, after two years of investing in and reforming our ambulance system, more ambulances are arriving at emergencies sooner – with Code 1 average response times the quickest they have been in five years. Ambulances are now arriving at 76.6 per cent of Code 1 incidents within 15 minutes, compared to a record low of 73 per cent at the height of the Liberals’ ambulance crisis. But we still need to do more. In order to continue to improve response times, our new $500 million package includes: Employing 450 new paramedics over the next three years Establishing six new ‘super response centres’ supported by more than 200 paramedics to meet growing demand in Melbourne’s suburbs including the west, the outer north-west, the north, the north-east, outer east and south-east Building new or upgrading 15 branches across the state, on top the 20 upgrade projects already underway Deploying 225 new paramedics in 22 branches across the state, assessed as highest priority and in need of further resources to meet local demand Purchasing new ambulance vehicles and equipment to support the additional paramedic teams Creating 12 new services in rural and remote towns with a local paramedic and vehicle, based on a successful model trialled at Wedderburn and Warracknabeal Treating more patients in emergency departments sooner with a $50 million boost to hire more clinicians and open more beds This funding is on top of the $144 million provided in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, which included the $60 million Response Time Rescue Fund to improve ambulance response times. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews "We’re putting people first with biggest ever investment in Victoria’s history to cut ambulance response times even further and save more lives." "Response times are the best they have been in five years, but there’s still more work to do." Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy "Instead of waging war against paramedics like the Liberals did, we’re working hand-in-hand with paramedics to keep improving ambulance response times." "We know that in an emergency every second counts. That’s why we’re giving our paramedics the new resources they need, where they are needed most, so that whatever the situation, I want Victorians to have confidence that in an emergency they will get the care and treatment they need, when they need it."

Victorian Submission To Support Racial Discrimination Act

The Andrews Labor Government will fight any proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. In response to the federal inquiry launched on November 8, the Government will make a submission outlining its continued support for Section 18C, which protects vulnerable people against bigotry and hate speech. The submission will emphasise: the on-going contribution of multicultural communities to Victoria the need to protect individuals and communities from racial vilification support for the complaints-handling procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission Any threat to repeal or weaken the wording of Section 18C, which deems it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” based on a person’s race or ethnicity, must be challenged. All Victorians – regardless of where they come from, the language they speak or their religion – deserve strong legislative protections. In May 2014, then Multicultural Affairs Minister Matthew Guy said: “There should be no changes to the Federal Racial Discrimination Act and we’ll be very, very clear in our submission to say so.” Like the previous state Liberal Government, we support the Act as it stands - and will continue to do so. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott “Discrimination is never acceptable, and people have the right to be accepted for who they are.” “This Government was elected to make people’s lives better and build a state that is stronger and fairer.”

Victorian Submission To Support Racial Discrimination Act

The Andrews Labor Government will fight any proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. In response to the federal inquiry launched on November 8, the Government will make a submission outlining its continued support for Section 18C, which protects vulnerable people against bigotry and hate speech. The submission will emphasise: the on-going contribution of multicultural communities to Victoria the need to protect individuals and communities from racial vilification support for the complaints-handling procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission Any threat to repeal or weaken the wording of Section 18C, which deems it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” based on a person’s race or ethnicity, must be challenged. All Victorians – regardless of where they come from, the language they speak or their religion – deserve strong legislative protections. In May 2014, then Multicultural Affairs Minister Matthew Guy said: “There should be no changes to the Federal Racial Discrimination Act and we’ll be very, very clear in our submission to say so.” Like the previous state Liberal Government, we support the Act as it stands - and will continue to do so. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott “Discrimination is never acceptable, and people have the right to be accepted for who they are.” “This Government was elected to make people’s lives better and build a state that is stronger and fairer.”

Christmas Day To Be A Public Holiday In Victoria

Christmas Day will be a public holiday in Victoria this year, giving Victorians an extra day to spend with their families and friends and giving those who have to work on Christmas the penalty rates they deserve. Until now, when Christmas Day fell on a weekend the public holiday was substituted to the next available weekday. This year, Victoria will observe Sunday 25 December as a public holiday in addition to the public holiday set to be observed on Tuesday 27 December. The move will align Victoria with other states and also other public holidays – such as ANZAC Day and Australia Day, which are observed on the date they fall. While trading restrictions apply to businesses on Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December, trading restrictions will not apply to the substituted holiday on Tuesday 27 December 2016. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis “I’ve had time to consider how the existing arrangements unfairly affect those Victorians required to work on Christmas Day when it falls on a weekend – that’s why I’m making this change.” “Christmas Day is not like any other day, it is a special day for many Victorians and it is a day to spend more time with family and friends.” “Victoria now aligns with the rest of the country in observing Christmas Day as a public holiday on 25 December.”

Christmas Day To Be A Public Holiday In Victoria

Christmas Day will be a public holiday in Victoria this year, giving Victorians an extra day to spend with their families and friends and giving those who have to work on Christmas the penalty rates they deserve. Until now, when Christmas Day fell on a weekend the public holiday was substituted to the next available weekday. This year, Victoria will observe Sunday 25 December as a public holiday in addition to the public holiday set to be observed on Tuesday 27 December. The move will align Victoria with other states and also other public holidays – such as ANZAC Day and Australia Day, which are observed on the date they fall. While trading restrictions apply to businesses on Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December, trading restrictions will not apply to the substituted holiday on Tuesday 27 December 2016. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis “I’ve had time to consider how the existing arrangements unfairly affect those Victorians required to work on Christmas Day when it falls on a weekend – that’s why I’m making this change.” “Christmas Day is not like any other day, it is a special day for many Victorians and it is a day to spend more time with family and friends.” “Victoria now aligns with the rest of the country in observing Christmas Day as a public holiday on 25 December.”

Local History Grants Program Now Open For 2016-17

Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, has today announced $350,000 towards grants for community projects that seek to preserve and share local history for the benefit of all Victorians. The Local History Grants Program, managed by Public Record Office Victoria, is now accepting applications of up to $15,000. The program is about putting our dedicated community organisations first, who do such a great job of collecting and preserving Victoria’s fascinating history. Last year saw seventy-one community groups across Victoria share in the funding for historical projects and publications. These included the digitisation of Victorian records, the development of guided historic walking tours in Cornish Hill and Campbell’s Creek and the restoring of historic costumes from Bendigo. Victoria’s diverse history is a real drawcard for visitors, with a total of 6.5 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument within our state in 2015-16. This has grown by 18.7 per cent over the last financial year and has been growing at 7.6 per cent over the last five years. You can submit your application online via www.prov.vic.gov.au. Applications close at 5pm on 31 January 2017. Quote attributable to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings “Community projects that capture Victoria’s diverse history are important to help inform us about our development as a society, culture and people.” “With these grants, we are ensuring our state’s history is protected for future generations.” “This is also about putting people first, given the importance of our historical past in attracting visitors to our museums, galleries and other historic sites and boosting local jobs.” Quotes attributable to Public Record Office Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood “Thanks to last year’s local history grant funding, we have been able to support a great number of community projects across a range of areas.”  “With this year’s grants program, we look forward to again helping Victorian community groups tell our diverse history, much of which may otherwise have gone untold without this support.”

Local History Grants Program Now Open For 2016-17

Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, has today announced $350,000 towards grants for community projects that seek to preserve and share local history for the benefit of all Victorians. The Local History Grants Program, managed by Public Record Office Victoria, is now accepting applications of up to $15,000. The program is about putting our dedicated community organisations first, who do such a great job of collecting and preserving Victoria’s fascinating history. Last year saw seventy-one community groups across Victoria share in the funding for historical projects and publications. These included the digitisation of Victorian records, the development of guided historic walking tours in Cornish Hill and Campbell’s Creek and the restoring of historic costumes from Bendigo. Victoria’s diverse history is a real drawcard for visitors, with a total of 6.5 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument within our state in 2015-16. This has grown by 18.7 per cent over the last financial year and has been growing at 7.6 per cent over the last five years. You can submit your application online via www.prov.vic.gov.au. Applications close at 5pm on 31 January 2017. Quote attributable to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings “Community projects that capture Victoria’s diverse history are important to help inform us about our development as a society, culture and people.” “With these grants, we are ensuring our state’s history is protected for future generations.” “This is also about putting people first, given the importance of our historical past in attracting visitors to our museums, galleries and other historic sites and boosting local jobs.” Quotes attributable to Public Record Office Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood “Thanks to last year’s local history grant funding, we have been able to support a great number of community projects across a range of areas.”  “With this year’s grants program, we look forward to again helping Victorian community groups tell our diverse history, much of which may otherwise have gone untold without this support.”