MIL-OSI Australia: Bush Food Trials To Explore A New Agricultural Industry

Source: Premier of Victoria

Some of Victoria’s oldest flavours will soon be accessible to dining tables across the world, thanks to an Andrews Labor Government grant to expand the bush food industry on the Great South Coast.

Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the $30,000 Food Source Victoria grant, which will allow WG Enterprises to start supply chain mapping, field trials and kitchen trials to expand the emerging industry.

WG Enterprises provides economic opportunities to Aboriginal people by assisting individuals into employment and creating sustainable, Aboriginal-operated commercial enterprises.

The demand for bush foods is currently exceeding supply, with several key crops being exported to overseas markets. The grant will identify where the opportunities lie for Great South Coast producers, processors, distributors and retailers, and demonstrate a model to commercialise the businesses.

The field trials will assess the capability of several species, with viable plants then taken to large scale production testing. With most bush food research currently focused on northern or central Australia, this work will break new ground and test species that have never been researched before.

The trials will test Apium Prostratum (Sea Celery), Tasmania Lanceolata (Mountain Pepper), Kunzea Pomifera (Muntries), Prostranthera Rotundifolia (Round Leaf Mint Bush), Mentha Australias (River Mint), Carpobrotus Rossii (Pigface), Arthropodium Strictum (Chocolate Lily), Arthropodium Milleflorum (Vanilla Lily), Billardiera cymosa (Sweet Apple Berry) and Trachymene Incisia (Wild Parsnip).

The Labor Government’s Food Source Victoria program supports producers and businesses working in partnership to develop products that take the state’s best produce to the world, creating new jobs and growing exports.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes

“We’re proud to support WG Enterprises to expand the emerging native bush foods industry and create more jobs for Aboriginal Victorians.”

“This exciting project has the potential to bring some of Australia’s oldest flavours to dining tables right across the world.”

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MIL-OSI Australia: Boosting Visitors For Geelong’s International Students

Source: Premier of Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Geelong’s visitor economy grow by supporting a plan to increase the number of people travelling to the region to visit international students.

Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the Labor Government will provide $50,000 from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan to Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine to develop the first Geelong-specific marketing and travel packages for people visiting the region’s international students.

Capitalising on the Air Asia flights to Avalon that commenced in late 2018, the project will be delivered in partnership with Study Geelong and will use insights from Geelong’s international students on what will attract their family and friends to visit the area.

The project will create tailored campaigns for key international markets and develop country-specific itineraries to encourage people from across Asia to visit Geelong and the south-west.

With more than 3,400 international students enrolled in the Geelong area, the international student market is growing export sector for Geelong, rising by 20 per cent in 2016-17 alone.

The international student market is Victoria’s largest services export industry, worth almost $10 billion – with the visiting friends and relatives market providing a further boost to Victorian tourism.

The Labor Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Plan invests in community-led projects to make regional Victoria a better place to live and work and help them grow their economies.

Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes

“Avalon Airport is a gateway for travellers from Asia so it makes sense we are encouraging people to visit international students in the region to boost the local economies and cement Geelong, the Bellarine and the Great Ocean Road as must-see destinations in Victoria.” 

Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“We’re proud to be building stronger communities across regional Victoria hand in hand with locals through projects like this.”

Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren

“We’re excited to support Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine to work with Geelong’s international student community to give their overseas friends and family better access to our beautiful region.” 

Quote attributable to Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine – Roger Grant, Executive Director

“International Education is an important part of the Geelong region’s visitor economy. With from the Victorian Government, we will promote the increased accessibility to the region through Air Asia and all that Geelong has to offer, to the friends and families of international students studying here.”

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MIL-OSI Australia: Tails Wagging With Seymour Greyhound Funding Boost

Source: Premier of Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering for much loved Greyhounds with funding announced today for the Greyhound Adoption Centre in Seymour.

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes was in Seymour to announce the Labor Government’s $50,000 grant for the Greyhound Adoption Centre which will see the centre completely refurbished.

The funds will contribute towards a centre refurbishment, which will help the organisation continue to deliver its important work as it grows to meet the increasing demand for greyhounds as pets.

Today kick-started the first day of a three-day Greyhound Adoption Bonanza where about 115 greyhounds are expected to find their forever home.

The Greyhound Adoption Program has been operating for more than 22 years, rehabilitating and rehoming about 9000 greyhounds; making it one of the world’s leading re-homing agencies for retired greyhounds.

Non-racing greyhounds do not need to be muzzled in public, thanks to changes that came into effect from 1 January this year initiated by the Labor Government.

Non-racing greyhounds however are still required to be leashed in public.

The Government is getting on with providing animal welfare grants to not-for-profit organisations and groups that improve the welfare of Victoria’s companion animals.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes

“As someone with a proud family history in racing greyhounds, I am even more delighted to join the pet adopter club today – providing a loving home to a retired greyhound.”

“This grant will help the Seymour adoption centre enhance their work, and concentrate on delivering their great program.”

“With more than 100 dogs available for adoption across the weekend, I’d encourage pet lovers to make their way to Seymour, enjoy all the region has to offer and just maybe go home with another family member.”

Quote attributable to Greyhound Racing Victoria Deputy Chair Peita Duncan

“Given the Minister’s long family history in greyhound racing, I look forward to welcoming her at many more events like this and also at some of our premier race meetings.”

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