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Victorian seniors festival streamed direct into homes

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 19 May 2020: In its 38th year, the Victorian Seniors Festival is returning in a new digital format streamed directly into the homes of more than one-million Victorian seniors.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today officially launched the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined to ensure Victoria continues to celebrate and keep our seniors’ community connected.

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, the annual celebration of older Victorians has been transformed, with the month-long Festival turned into a six-month virtual party. The reimagined theme highlights that our Victorian seniors can still thrive despite the pandemic.

In its new format the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined delivers three broadcasts each week, all showcasing some of Australia’s biggest and best talent, along with stories recognizing and celebrating seniors across the State.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan says, “The Victorian Seniors Festival is an important part of Victoria’s social calendar, and it’s great to see it will continue as something for older Victorians to enjoy during this uncertain time.”

“We wanted to ensure the reimagined festival had a mixture of activities and broadcasts for everyone to enjoy and by extending the festival to six months we’re keeping people connected for longer.”

With broadcasts of online events and activities, seniors will be treated to music, stand-up comedy, Bollywood dancing, and more – all from the comfort of their own homes. This year’s festival theme, ‘In the groove’, is a call for all older Victorians to embrace the new opportunities the Festival has to offer.
The virtual Festival will run right through to October and is hosted by Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid, founders of All The Queens Men, and frequent partners of the Victorian Seniors Festival.

The Victorian Government provided $5.45 million to address social isolation and keep senior Victorians connected as part of the $59.4 million packages it recently announced to support mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.

For more information about virtual events and activities, visit seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festivalsandawards.

Opposition talk of law and order “totally cheap”, says Daniel Andrews


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 10 May: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today came down heavily on the opposition for talking around about the ‘law and order’ situation in the state. The latest budget, he said, has more money for more police and the last two crime statistics show “we are turning it around”.

Answering to a pointed question during a budget briefing at the Parliament House today by SAT, the Victorian Premier said the opposition’s talk on the subject was “totally cheap” as “we inherited a mess” but have given more resources for special firearms, more drug tests and all support to the Police Commissioner.

“9,300 applications had recently applied for positions in the Victoria Police,” he disclosed.



Addressing the media, Multicultural Minister Robin Scott said, “Culturally diverse communities in Victoria will benefit from a record boost of $43.6 million in multicultural funding, as part of this year’s Victorian Budget.”

“The funding will ensure every Victorian has the opportunity to celebrate our state’s rich cultural diversity, “said Minister Scott.


Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan said, “the budget includes a massive investment in the Suburban Roads Upgrade of $ 2.2 billion package to upgrade 13 arterial roads across the northern and south-eastern suburbs.”

“We’d all rather spend more time with family and friends than stuck in traffic – that’s why we’re fixing the suburban roads people rely on every day,” he said.


Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos disclosed that Victoria will be the first state in Australia to provide an additional $18 million to give at least 3,000 children attending state-funded kinders the opportunity to learn a language other than English for the very first time.

“The project will start in a few months and which languages form part of the scheme will be decided after community consultation”, she said.

Hindi road signage possible along the Great Ocean Road


By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne,7 September: The Victorian Minister for Roads & Road Safety Luke Donnellan today said an Indian language (possibly Hindi) might follow Mandarin and English, to alert international drivers to changed traffic conditions on the Great Ocean Road (GOR). The Minister was addressing a media conference at the Victorian Parliament along with Multicultural Minister Robin Scott.

New multilingual signs are being rolled out along the GOR to help international tourists safely navigate one of Victoria’s most popular tourist routes. About 25 different messages can be displayed and will be used during peak road work periods.

The innovative idea came from a road worker who was using his phone and Google Translate to communicate to some overseas tourists.

“The decision to start off with Mandarin was purely based on the fact that the largest number of tourists visiting the GOR were from China”, Robin Scott said answering to a question by the South Asia Times (SAT).

“The Andrews Labor Government has invested $53 million to make the Great Ocean Road safer, with roadside remediation works such as rock netting and retaining walls. This investment is on top of the $ 50 million State and Federal program of capital works and maintenance on the Great Ocean Road,” says a media release.