Home' Yarram Standard : May 16th 2018 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD” Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - PAG E 3
Record $1.4 billion government
Gippsland MP Darren Chester
says local jobs will be created
through more than $1.4 billion
of Federal Government grants to
The Federal Budget included $132
million to finish the duplication of the
Princes Highway between Traralgon and
Sale, which is on top of the $210 million
already provided by the Federal
“I'm determined to deliver a better,
safer highway and road improvements
across Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.
“There's a lot of work occurring
throughout Gippsland right now and it's
creating local jobs along with long term
benefits in road safety and productivity.
“Improving our transport connections
through record road and rail funding helps
locals and also encourages more people to
visit and explore our magnificent region.
“Growing the visitor economy is
critical for creating more jobs across
Gippsland and I want to secure more
funding for improving the infrastructure on
“We have major work underway on
our Gippsland rail link along with upgrades
of the Monaro Highway, Hyland
Highgway, South Gippsland Highway,
Great Alpine Road and Princes Highway
from Traralgon to the New South Wales
“Local councils are also benefiting
with Roads to Recovery funding for
smaller projects and the Bridges Renewal
Mr Chester said the transport
investment complemented spending on
mobile phone blackspots, the rollout of the
NBN, the major redevelopment of East
Sale RAAF Base and dozens of smaller
community infrastructure improvements.
“Combined with the $385 million
being spent on the redevelopment at RAAF
Base East Sale, the Federal Government's
investment in Gippsland jobs over the past
few years is well over $1.4 billion,” Mr
“This is an unprecedented period of
investment in Gippsland's infrastructure
that will be an essential part of our region's
future growth and prosperity.
“Alongside the Federal Government's
$40 million investment in jobs and
community infrastructure in the Latrobe
Valley, I am extremely proud of what I have
been able to secure for Gippsland.
“There's always more to be done but
right now, we have every reason to be
positive about what lies ahead for our
Authorised by Darren Chester MP, National Party of Australia-Victoria,Level 1/89-91 Raymond Street, Sale
$530 million for Gippsland rail line and Avon River bridge replacement
$385 million for RAAF Base East Sale upgrade
$367 million for Princes Highway duplication and other safety improvements
$40 million for Hyland, Monaro and South Gippsland highways and Great Alpine Road
$40 million for Latrobe Valley infrastructure and job creation projects
$30 million for the Macalister Irrigation District pipeline upgrade
$23 million on local roads, bridges and blackspots
$10 million for a performing arts centre in Traralgon
How the Federal Government is spending
$1.4 billion in Gippsland to create jobs
Budget win: The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has worked hard to secure the last instalment of Federal
Government funding needed to finish the Princes Highway duplication project.
Safety first: The Federal Government's investment in Gippsland
includes funding for safer highways and roads, including $5 million
for improvements along the Hyland Highway.
investment in Gippsland jobs
Painting the town red
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“I feel the pathway is a fabulous site for an art-
work,” Mr Colvin said. “The pathway is currently
gravel but we will offer a concrete slab to accommo-
date the artwork if the artists so desire ,” he said. “We
know the gardens lend themselves to family activities
and have hundres of nooks and crannies suitable for
‘seek and find’ and one thought we had is a Lyrebird
with the theme ‘Find my Chicks,” he said.
Permission to utilise these sites has been granted
by the relevant government bodies.
“The artists may apply for one, two or all three
sites,” Mr Colvin said.
Mr Colvin along with other like minded people
started working on this exciting project some 12
“The group is seeking funding for the project from
Latrobe Valley Authority,” Mr Colvin said.
“We submitted an expression of interest applica-
tion and have now submitted a full application for
funding. The project is being backed by Wellington
“We are endeavouring to use Gippsland art-
ists however if none can be found to accommodate
these projects we will have to go further afield,” he
said. “We have already had one response which is
After applications close these will be assessed by
the Tarra Territory Public Art Committee, a subcom-
mittee of the Tarra Territory Tourism group.
“Three finalists will be chosen, after which we
hope to notify the successful applicants by September
with the intention work will commence in the spring
of this year and be completed before Christmas.
TOORA’S ViPlus Dairy has sponsored
69 year old double amputee Boyu Xia
and his fifth attempt to reach the summit
of Mount Everest.
On Monday afternoon Australian time, The Stan-
dard received word Mr Xia had reached the summit
ViPlus heard of Mr Xia’s efforts to climb Everest
and decided to support him financially and by creat-
YARRAM and district Catholic parish-
ioners are invited to an open parish meet-
ing at St Mary’s School Hall on May 22
to have their say into a national plenary
council planned for October 2020.
The Yarram meeting is one of 27 parish meetings
being held by Bishop Pat O’Regan in the Sale Dio-
cese this year in preparation for the plenary council,
the first synod to be held since 1937.
Bishop O’Regan encourages parishioners to come
along so they can be informed about the plenary coun-
cil which he says is the highest formal gathering of all
local churches in a country.
“This meeting will begin the long process of con-
sultation, so please come along and participate with
me,” he said.
Announced by Brisbane Archbishop Mark
Coleridge, the key spokesperson for the event, the
Plenary Council would “place the Church on a sound
footing to respond to not merely an era of change but
a change of era”.
“The Plenary Council will play a crucial role in
shaping the Church’s future in Australia. This is no
time for the Church to be putting up signs that say
‘business as usual’. If we needed any proof, then the
Royal Commission has shown that,” he said.
“We need to face the facts, and in the light of the
facts, which aren’t always friendly, we have to make
big decisions about the future.”
The May 22 meeting in Yarram will take place
between 5pm and 6.30pm and cover the history and
nature of the Plenary Council, a snapshot of each par-
ish and the Diocese of Sale, and an open session for
parishioners to have their say.
Those parishioners interested in attending the Yar-
ram meeting can contact the parish office on 5182
5028. For more information, the Australian Catholic
Bishops Conference has a media blog at http://media-
Top of the world: Boyu Xia, ViPlus Dairy’s
first charity ambassador, reached the summit
of Mount Everest on his fifth attempt recently
with the support of Toora based dairy com-
pany, ViPlus. The company provided Mr Xia
with financial assistance, as well as a spe-
cially developed milk powder based sports
drink, to help sustain him for the climb.
ViPlus helps conquer Everest
ing a high-energy milk powder-based sports drink to
help Mr Xia sustain himself on the arduous climb.
So far, Xia has made four attempts to reach the
summit of Mt Everest, including in 2016 which
brought him within 95 metres of the peak.
His first attempt in 1975 saw Mr Xia lose his feet
and a third of his lower legs to frostbite.
Instead of dwelling on such a tragedy or being
consumed by a past diagnosis of cancer, Mr Xia has
not stopped in his relentless pursuit to reach the sum-
mit of the world’s highest mountain.
“We connected with Mr Xia in China and we
actually sent one of our colleagues from our Hong
Kong office to meet with him,” ViPlus Dairy sales
and marketing manager Chris McKiernan said.
“He had a really amazing story that resonated
with us. We felt we could provide him with support
in a couple of different ways.”
Mr McKiernan said ViPlus Dairy’s milk powder
is highly nutritious and will be a great help to Mr Xia
and his attempt to reach the summit.
“The milk powder was designed to help with the
digestion of food at high altitude. Some of the pro-
teins in the milk, as well as the vitamins and miner-
als, are also helping with altitude sickness,” he said.
“It is predominantly around digestion. Consum-
ing beverages rather than solid food makes it easier
to absorb as well.”
Mr Xia has become ViPlus Dairy’s first charity
ambassador in China, a role he will continue after his
“It is an incredible story of his endeavour to get
this far. He will promote our brand and products in
the Chinese market,” Mr McKiernan said.
Back home, it has been a fruitful start to the year
for the Toora based manufacturer.
“We are looking at bringing an additional can-
ning line online in July, which will further increase
our capabilities,” Mr McKiernan said.
The company will also install a dryer in the fac-
tory, which will allow the company to purchase liq-
uid milk to dry on site.
“We expect the new dryer build to start in the first
quarter of 2019. That will give us better control over
milk supply, which is pretty important,” Mr McKi-
“Once that is in place, we plan to support the lo-
cal Gippsland dairy community.”
The company has also been working hard to se-
cure business in a couple of other countries.
“We are going through the registration of our
products in Vietnam now and expect to start send-
ing product there by the end of July,” Mr McKiernan
“We have just completed some strong trade mis-
sions in Japan and Singapore as well, all with the
support of the Victorian government’s food and fibre
“We have finalised some agreements for those
countries as well as Taiwan and expect to be sending
product there by September this year.
“It has been a really good start to the year for the
Catholic parishioners encouraged to have their say
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