• About Martin

    Martin Pakula – Member for Keysborough, Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Minister for Trade, Minister for Business Precincts, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Minister for Racing

  • About Martin

    Martin Pakula – Member for Keysborough, Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Minister for Trade, Minister for Business Precincts, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Minister for Racing

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“J CURVE” CHARTS RISE OF NEW TRARALGON GREYHOUND TRACK

The first single-turn greyhound race track in Australia is on course for completion in Traralgon by the end of the year – with majority funding contributed by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula confirmed a $3 million investment from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund towards construction of the “J” track, with Greyhound Racing Victoria contributing $2 million. The “J” track design was developed following research by the University of Technology Sydney into risk management and extensive modelling on how to reduce physical stress on greyhounds during racing. It features one turn and a 300-metre straight. The $5 million Traralgon project also includes a pedestrian underpass and central access path for trainers, stewards and other participants, along with new lighting, irrigation and broadcast facilities. The works are creating around 200 jobs. Prior to the closure of the old track, the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club held 106 race meetings and 192 trials annually. Since 2014 the Labor Government has approved more than $3.36 million to support infrastructure projects and race meetings at Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club. The greyhound racing industry in Gippsland generates almost $50 million for the economy and supports more than 420 full-time-equivalent jobs. Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “It will be fantastic to see greyhound racing return to Traralgon on a track that breaks new ground in Australia. Animal welfare is paramount and this is an innovation built on research and science.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “Traralgon is a major greyhound racing centre, and across Gippsland the code supports hundreds of jobs. The new track will be a boon for trainers, owners and fans and a step forward for animal welfare.” Quote attributable to Greyhound Racing Victoria chair Peita Duncan “The welfare of our dogs is paramount and we’re grateful for the Government’s support to re-establish racing in Traralgon. We look forward to seeing the completion of the new ‘J’ track.” Quote attributable to Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club president Don Haley “This project is a tremendous development for our greyhound community – it will improve the operating environment, enhance animal welfare and reduce operating costs. It’s a winner all round.”

“J CURVE” CHARTS RISE OF NEW TRARALGON GREYHOUND TRACK

The first single-turn greyhound race track in Australia is on course for completion in Traralgon by the end of the year – with majority funding contributed by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula confirmed a $3 million investment from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund towards construction of the “J” track, with Greyhound Racing Victoria contributing $2 million. The “J” track design was developed following research by the University of Technology Sydney into risk management and extensive modelling on how to reduce physical stress on greyhounds during racing. It features one turn and a 300-metre straight. The $5 million Traralgon project also includes a pedestrian underpass and central access path for trainers, stewards and other participants, along with new lighting, irrigation and broadcast facilities. The works are creating around 200 jobs. Prior to the closure of the old track, the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club held 106 race meetings and 192 trials annually. Since 2014 the Labor Government has approved more than $3.36 million to support infrastructure projects and race meetings at Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club. The greyhound racing industry in Gippsland generates almost $50 million for the economy and supports more than 420 full-time-equivalent jobs. Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “It will be fantastic to see greyhound racing return to Traralgon on a track that breaks new ground in Australia. Animal welfare is paramount and this is an innovation built on research and science.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “Traralgon is a major greyhound racing centre, and across Gippsland the code supports hundreds of jobs. The new track will be a boon for trainers, owners and fans and a step forward for animal welfare.” Quote attributable to Greyhound Racing Victoria chair Peita Duncan “The welfare of our dogs is paramount and we’re grateful for the Government’s support to re-establish racing in Traralgon. We look forward to seeing the completion of the new ‘J’ track.” Quote attributable to Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club president Don Haley “This project is a tremendous development for our greyhound community – it will improve the operating environment, enhance animal welfare and reduce operating costs. It’s a winner all round.”

Business Support Package

The Victorian Government is backing businesses most affected by the seven-day circuit breaker action, including operators in the hospitality, retail, events, and creative industries with further targeted support. Victorians and Victorian businesses are doing the hard thing, but the right thing - keeping their doors shut to keep all of us safe. That’s why we are announcing a $250.7 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to help up to 90,000 Victorian businesses that have been affected by the restrictions that will run until 11:59pm on Thursday, 3 June. The package features three initiatives for small to medium-sized businesses and sole traders. The $190.01 million second round of the Business Costs Assistance Program will offer grants of $2,500 for eligible businesses directly affected by the circuit-breaker industry restrictions, including restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, accommodation providers and non-essential retailers. A $40.7 million new round of the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will provide businesses holding an eligible liquor licence and food certificate with a $3,500 grant per premises. An allocation of $20 million will be dedicated to supporting operators in the events industry who have incurred losses due to the circuit-breaker restrictions, with more details to be provided shortly. Businesses can register their interest in the Business Costs Assistance Program at business.vic.gov.au, so they can be notified when applications open this week. Operators eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payment will be contacted directly by email in coming days. The new package builds on more than $6 billion in direct economic support from the Labor Government to help businesses get through the pandemic, including through three rounds of the Business Support Fund.More information about the Circuit Breaker Business Support Package is available at business.vic.gov.au.    

Business Support Package

The Victorian Government is backing businesses most affected by the seven-day circuit breaker action, including operators in the hospitality, retail, events, and creative industries with further targeted support. Victorians and Victorian businesses are doing the hard thing, but the right thing - keeping their doors shut to keep all of us safe. That’s why we are announcing a $250.7 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to help up to 90,000 Victorian businesses that have been affected by the restrictions that will run until 11:59pm on Thursday, 3 June. The package features three initiatives for small to medium-sized businesses and sole traders. The $190.01 million second round of the Business Costs Assistance Program will offer grants of $2,500 for eligible businesses directly affected by the circuit-breaker industry restrictions, including restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, accommodation providers and non-essential retailers. A $40.7 million new round of the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will provide businesses holding an eligible liquor licence and food certificate with a $3,500 grant per premises. An allocation of $20 million will be dedicated to supporting operators in the events industry who have incurred losses due to the circuit-breaker restrictions, with more details to be provided shortly. Businesses can register their interest in the Business Costs Assistance Program at business.vic.gov.au, so they can be notified when applications open this week. Operators eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payment will be contacted directly by email in coming days. The new package builds on more than $6 billion in direct economic support from the Labor Government to help businesses get through the pandemic, including through three rounds of the Business Support Fund.More information about the Circuit Breaker Business Support Package is available at business.vic.gov.au.    

SUPPORTING COMMUNITY SPORT

Our local sporting clubs and leagues are the heart and soul of the Keysborough community. I know COVID-19 has made things challenging, with the necessary cancellation of training, development programs and competition this year. That’s why I was so pleased when a number of our local clubs received grants under the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package. In total, Keysborough clubs received over $30,000 to help keep their heads above water, meet fixed costs, and prepare for a return to play. As restrictions gradually ease and competitions recommence, these grants will help clubs reboot, rebound and recover.

SUPPORTING COMMUNITY SPORT

Our local sporting clubs and leagues are the heart and soul of the Keysborough community. I know COVID-19 has made things challenging, with the necessary cancellation of training, development programs and competition this year. That’s why I was so pleased when a number of our local clubs received grants under the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package. In total, Keysborough clubs received over $30,000 to help keep their heads above water, meet fixed costs, and prepare for a return to play. As restrictions gradually ease and competitions recommence, these grants will help clubs reboot, rebound and recover.

UPGRADES TO YARRAMAN AND SANDOWN PARK STATION CAR PARKS

Early feasibility and site assessment are underway for construction of up to 55 new and upgraded car parking spaces, improved lighting and CCTV at Yarraman Station. This will make it easier and safer for residents to catch the train. Works on the Sandown Park Car Park Upgrade are also underway.  The upgrades will maximise the car spaces available in the old gravel area by creating more than 400 marked parking spaces.  Over 100 parking spaces will also be created along Lightwood Road (west of the station) as part of the upgrade.

UPGRADES TO YARRAMAN AND SANDOWN PARK STATION CAR PARKS

Early feasibility and site assessment are underway for construction of up to 55 new and upgraded car parking spaces, improved lighting and CCTV at Yarraman Station. This will make it easier and safer for residents to catch the train. Works on the Sandown Park Car Park Upgrade are also underway.  The upgrades will maximise the car spaces available in the old gravel area by creating more than 400 marked parking spaces.  Over 100 parking spaces will also be created along Lightwood Road (west of the station) as part of the upgrade.

 

GETTING ON WITH VICTORIA’S BIG BUILD

Across Victoria we have shovels in the ground. Our Road Maintenance Blitz has resurfaced more than 1,800 kilometres of road across the state, including Cheltenham Road in Keysborough. We’ve past the half-way mark in tunnelling for the ground-breaking Metro Tunnel Project, connecting the Sunbury Line to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. The project includes two nine-kilometre tunnels up to 30 metres below Melbourne, five new underground stations and an additional capacity for more than half-a-million passengers a week during peak periods. Our Big Build is creating and supporting thousands of jobs and delivering crucial improvements to our road and public transport networks.  But we’re not done yet. The Premier recently announced the route for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. This has been talked about for years.  Well, no longer. By 2029, Victorians will be able to catch a train to and from the airport. We are also gearing up to start construction on the Suburban Rail Loop – the biggest rail project ever built in Victoria. We’re providing a $2.2 billion boost in the 2020/21 Budget to commence Stage 1 of the project. The Suburban Rail Loop will link every major train line between Frankston and Werribee via Melbourne Airport. This includes new and extra stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash University, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill.

GETTING ON WITH VICTORIA’S BIG BUILD

Across Victoria we have shovels in the ground. Our Road Maintenance Blitz has resurfaced more than 1,800 kilometres of road across the state, including Cheltenham Road in Keysborough. We’ve past the half-way mark in tunnelling for the ground-breaking Metro Tunnel Project, connecting the Sunbury Line to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. The project includes two nine-kilometre tunnels up to 30 metres below Melbourne, five new underground stations and an additional capacity for more than half-a-million passengers a week during peak periods. Our Big Build is creating and supporting thousands of jobs and delivering crucial improvements to our road and public transport networks.  But we’re not done yet. The Premier recently announced the route for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. This has been talked about for years.  Well, no longer. By 2029, Victorians will be able to catch a train to and from the airport. We are also gearing up to start construction on the Suburban Rail Loop – the biggest rail project ever built in Victoria. We’re providing a $2.2 billion boost in the 2020/21 Budget to commence Stage 1 of the project. The Suburban Rail Loop will link every major train line between Frankston and Werribee via Melbourne Airport. This includes new and extra stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash University, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill.

$5.3 BILLION PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HOUSING BUILD

The Victorian Government recently announced Victoria’s (and Australia’s) biggest ever investment in public and community housing. The Victorian Budget will deliver the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to construct more than 12,000 new homes throughout metro and regional Victoria, as well as supporting around 10,000 jobs, per year over the next four years. This package will boost our state’s social housing supply by 10 per cent in just four years – with 25 per cent of funding to be allocated to regional Victoria. This unprecedented investment will generate an estimated $6.7 billion in economic activity and support a peak of more than 18,000 jobs.

$5.3 BILLION PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HOUSING BUILD

The Victorian Government recently announced Victoria’s (and Australia’s) biggest ever investment in public and community housing. The Victorian Budget will deliver the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to construct more than 12,000 new homes throughout metro and regional Victoria, as well as supporting around 10,000 jobs, per year over the next four years. This package will boost our state’s social housing supply by 10 per cent in just four years – with 25 per cent of funding to be allocated to regional Victoria. This unprecedented investment will generate an estimated $6.7 billion in economic activity and support a peak of more than 18,000 jobs.

KESYBOROUGH KIDS START KINDER STRONG

Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. That’s why the State Government’s needs-based School Readiness Funding is so vital. This program aims to reduce the impact of educational disadvantage on children’s learning and development and improve outcomes in communication, wellbeing, access and participation. Twenty-four early childhood services offering funded kinder in the Keysborough electorate, will share in approximtely $500,000 of allocated funds. This way, we can help kids who need it most, so they can get the best out of kinder and start school on track.

KESYBOROUGH KIDS START KINDER STRONG

Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. That’s why the State Government’s needs-based School Readiness Funding is so vital. This program aims to reduce the impact of educational disadvantage on children’s learning and development and improve outcomes in communication, wellbeing, access and participation. Twenty-four early childhood services offering funded kinder in the Keysborough electorate, will share in approximtely $500,000 of allocated funds. This way, we can help kids who need it most, so they can get the best out of kinder and start school on track.

$250 POWER SAVING BONUS

The Andrews Government is making a one-off $250 Power Saving Bonus available to all Victorian households with at least one JobSeeker, youth allowance recipient or pensioner. Households will need to visit Victorian Energy Compare and apply for the $250 payment through the website. While you’re there, I strongly encourage you to look around for a better energy deal – on average households save around $330 off their annual bill by using the Energy Compare website to get a better deal. The Power Saving Bonus is part of $797 million Energy Savings package to help households with their energy costs. This includes helping 250,000 low-income households to upgrade their heating and cooling, and upgrading 35,000 social housing properties with energy efficiency improvements.

$250 POWER SAVING BONUS

The Andrews Government is making a one-off $250 Power Saving Bonus available to all Victorian households with at least one JobSeeker, youth allowance recipient or pensioner. Households will need to visit Victorian Energy Compare and apply for the $250 payment through the website. While you’re there, I strongly encourage you to look around for a better energy deal – on average households save around $330 off their annual bill by using the Energy Compare website to get a better deal. The Power Saving Bonus is part of $797 million Energy Savings package to help households with their energy costs. This includes helping 250,000 low-income households to upgrade their heating and cooling, and upgrading 35,000 social housing properties with energy efficiency improvements.