Govern­ment fund­ing to boost lo­cal jobs

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions have been en­cour­aged to ap­ply for fund­ing un­der a new pro­gram that aims to boost lo­cal jobs.

Gipp­s­land is one of 10 re­gions across Aus­tralia cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in the fed­eral govern­ment’s new Re­gional Em­ploy­ment Tri­als Pro­gram that aims to boost lo­cal jobs.

The 21-month ini­tia­tive will see $1 mil­lion al­lo­cated to the Gipp­s­land re­gion through the Lo­cal Em­ploy­ment Ini­tia­tive Fund.

The pro­gram will pro­vide grants of be­tween $7500 and $200,000 to lo­cal busi­nesses, not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and lo­cal govern­ment agen­cies for em­ploy­ment re­lated projects.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia (RDA) Gipp­s­land chair­man Richard Elk­ing­ton en­cour­aged or­gan­i­sa­tions to ap­ply.

“Gipp­s­land is a beau­ti­ful part of our state, but we have our chal­lenges just like any other re­gion through­out Aus­tralia and unem­ploy­ment is one of them.

“Gipp­s­land is one of only two Vic­to­rian re­gions se­lected for the trial and we will be tak­ing full ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity to work with lo­cal busi­nesses, em­ploy­ment net­works, not-for-prof­its and govern­ment agen­cies to cre­ate projects that can lead to real jobs and real work ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

The RDA Gipp­s­land com­mit­tee will help iden­tify em­ploy­ment projects that align with the lo­cal needs of Gipp­s­land and will play a key role in as­sess­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

Gipp­s­land’s em­ploy­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tor Luke Ar­ber will be avail­able to pro­vide guid­ance and ad­vice to lo­cal stake­hold­ers wish­ing to ap­ply for fund­ing through the pro­gram to ad­dress lo­cal em­ploy­ment chal­lenges.

“By tri­alling lo­cal ap­proaches to lo­cal em­ploy­ment is­sues, we can mo­bilise and utilise skills al­ready on the ground and strengthen Gipp­s­land’s econ­omy in the short and long term,” Mr Ar­ber said.

The trial will run un­til June 30, 2020 and ap­pli­ca­tions are now open via https://www.busi­­sis­tance/re­gio nal-em­ploy­ment-tri­als

In fur­ther sup­port of the re­gion, the fed­eral govern­ment has an­nounced $200 mil­lion in grant fund­ing as part of round three of the Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund.

Lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions across Gipp­s­land are en­cour­aged to ap­ply and help chan­nel more in­vest­ment into the Gipp­s­land econ­omy.

Al­most $5 mil­lion has al­ready been al­lo­cated to in­fra­struc­ture and com­mu­nity projects across Gipp­s­land through rounds one and two of the Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund.

There are two streams of fund­ing avail­able and in­ter­ested or­gan­i­sa­tions are urged to con­tact RDA Gipp­s­land for a let­ter of sup­port for their project to meet the Novem­ber 15 dead­line.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact RDA Gipp­s­land for ap­pli­ca­tion as­sis­tance and to dis­cuss project ideas (5116 7300).

District 9, which cov­ers Baw Baw, South Gipp­s­land and parts of Bass Coast shire coun­cils will be un­der the fire dan­ger pe­riod from Mon­day, Novem­ber 19, 2018.

FDPs are based on lo­cal con­di­tions and take into ac­count fuel mois­ture, fuel loads, grass­land cur­ing, weather and rain­fall.

District nine op­er­a­tions man­ager Trevor Roberts said the rec­om­men­da­tion to in­tro­duce FDPs in District 9 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties was timely as grass­land cur­ing was av­er­ag­ing near 70 per cent (cured) across parts of the District, and forests were even drier.

Dur­ing the FDP, fires can­not be lit in the open air with­out a writ­ten per­mit from CFA or a Mu­nic­i­pal Fire Pre­ven­tion Of­fi­cer.

The penal­ties for light­ing a fire in the open air dur­ing the FDP with­out a per­mit can be up to $19,342.80 and/or 12 months im­pris­on­ment; penal­ties dou­ble for fires lit on days of To­tal Fire Ban Days.

For more in­for­ma­tion on FDPs and what is per­mit­ted dur­ing the pe­riod, visit

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