Tag: Victoria Australia

Victoria launches ‘Victoria Together’ online portal


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 1 May 2020: To help keep Victorians connected – and help keep our creators creating – the Victorian Government has launched Victoria Together, a new online portal showcasing the best our state has to offer from live music and comedy to the amazing animals at Melbourne Zoo.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today launched the new site as part of a dedicated campaign to help keep Victorians connected as we face coronavirus – together.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “There’s nothing more Victorian than watching a live gig, trying out a recipe from one of our best chefs, or visit our
outstanding regional galleries – that’s why we’re bringing these experiences into people’s homes.”

“I know we’re asking a lot of Victorians at the moment but following the rules and staying apart keeps us together as a community.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley says, “This digital offering will not only share Victorian creative content with more people – but it will also help generate new opportunities for our creative industries hard hit by this pandemic.”

Victoria Together will also be home to a new online series developed with Mushroom Group, State of Music, which will feature weekly performances from some of our best home-grown talent.

The first episode will air this Sunday at 7.30 pm AEST and will be live-streamed on the site. The episode will be hosted by Rosie Beaton and feature an interview with James Reyne and performances from Birds of Tokyo, Diesel, and G Flip.

The project will also produce other local content, dedicated to supporting and sharing the talents of emerging local artists.

In addition to the State of Music project, the site will be supported by a grants and partnerships program of $2.35 million – mainly to help support creators digitize their content and generate new experiences online for Victorians
who are following health directions and staying at home. With many local artists having lost work, ACMI will help lead the curation of this new content from across our creative industries.

To experience everything Victoria Together has to offer, visit together.vic.gov.au.

Daniel Andrews launches “Standing Together” (休戚与共) campaign with Chinese communities to combat challenges arising from the Coronavirus outbreak

Photo: SAT file

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,20 February: Iconic Victorian landmarks will be lit up in red and gold and a trade delegation sent to China as part of the Andrews
Labor Government’s show of solidarity with Chinese communities.

Premier Daniel Andrews today launched the 休戚与共 campaign (“Stronger Together”) to combat some of the challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak and to urge Victorians to come together in support.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “We have a long history of standing by our Chinese communities – and that’s what we need to be doing right now.”
We are with you during this challenging time – today, and every day, we are stronger together.”

As part of the push, some of Victoria’s most important buildings – including the Arts Centre, the NGV, the Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Town Hall and Flinders Street Station – will be lit up in red and gold as a symbol of solidarity with Chinese Victorians on Friday.

A number of economic roundtables will bring Chinese community leaders together to share ideas on how to revitalize local businesses and boost trade, with the outbreak already having a significant impact on the hospitality, tourism and international education sectors.

The Labor Government intends to lead a delegation of 100 Victorian businesses to China to further strengthen trade relations.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne says, “As Victorians, we know the only way to respond is with compassion and consideration for each other. To every member of our Chinese community – please know, we stand with you.”

At home, the Government will also host a dinner for the Chinese community – including diplomatic, business and student leaders – paying tribute to the contributions our Chinese communities make to our state every day.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation, and Trade Martin Pakula, “Our partnership with China has helped make our state stronger and more successful.”
“While our trade, tourism and education engagement is crucial, what matters more are the people to people relationships, and at this difficult time, it’s the people of China we are thinking of.”

A media release says that the stories of the contribution of the Chinese communities will be featured across a number of Government digital platforms, sharing with more Victorians the profound role our Chinese communities have played in shaping our state and our nation.

Kookaburra microchip smartball to ‘revolutionise cricket’


MELBOURNE, 13 August: A cricket ball embedded with a microchip stands to revolutionize cricket – and it is being developed in Victoria by renowned sports equipment innovator Kookaburra.

Kookaburra’s SmartBall has been in development with technology partner SportCor for the past two years and was
revealed to the cricket world at a special launch in London on Saturday night.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation, and Trade Martin Pakula says, “Kookaburra is a terrific Victorian company with a record of world-leading innovation and SmartBall is a stunning example of its commitment to staying ahead of the pack.”
“Victoria is the home of innovation and that means we are creating the jobs of the future right now.”

The Moorabbin-based Kookaburra pioneered white and pink balls for use around the world and believes SmartBall
has a future in Test cricket and top T20 leagues.

The key to SmartBall is a microchip embedded in the core which provides advanced, real-time data for players,
coaches and viewers. The ball calculates the speed at three points – release, pre-bounce, and post-bounce.
A bowler will be able to release delivery and then immediately look to his or her smartwatch and check the speed
or degree of turn.

Kookaburra managing director Brett Elliot says, “Kookaburra has been at the forefront of innovation in cricket, from the first-ever white balls used under lights in World Series Cricket, through to the pink balls now used for day/night Tests.”

“The logical next step is to combine the data and analytics side of cricket that is becoming so critical to players,
coaches and fans, with our traditional style of hand-making cricket balls.”

Data could be used just as readily by broadcasters or relayed directly to fans. Future capabilities include information
on whether the bat has nicked a ball, whether the ball has hit the grass on low catches and improved tracking for
DRS (decision review system).

Above trend growth & accelerating economic momentum in Victoria: ANZ report


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 14 September: The Andrews Labor Government has added another feather in its cap with the latest ANZ Stateometer report, calling Victoria the only state in Australia with above trend growth and accelerating economic momentum.

Today’s ANZ report is one in a series of strong affirmations in recent days showing that Victoria’s economy continues to be the standout performer of the nation.

Victoria’s performance was again boosted by the continued strong performance of the labour market, the report said, with the State’s economy expanding above trend in July.

More than 150,000 jobs have been created since the election of the Andrews Labor Government, with more than 112,000 full time jobs created.

Treasurer Tim Pallas says, “Victoria’s strong AAA-rated economy continues to outperform the rest of the Australia on a number of fronts, confirming our momentum of economic growth as the fastest and strongest in the nation.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in our infrastructure and the skills and health of our people – work that has seen the Victorian economy go from strength to strength and put on more than 150,000 jobs since we were elected.”

In the recent NAB Monthly Business Survey for August, Victoria’s business confidence was the highest in Australia, while it was also the only state to record an increase in business conditions.

The NAB survey closely followed the ABS national accounts figures last week which showed Victoria’s state final demand for the financial year 2015-16 had grown by a strong 4 per cent – the highest among the states and the strongest result since 2007-08.

The ANZ Stateometer is a measure of economic performance across states and territories. It synthesises 37 monthly indicators, covering labour market conditions, household and business activity, housing and trade.