News in brief

By Seymour Telegraph

Wine fund could benefit

Local wineries, such as Fowles, Mitchelton and Tahbilk, may all soon benefit directly from a $2million funding grant.

Regional Development and Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes recently announced grants, part of the third round of the Wine Growth Fund, set to support 78 projects in wineries across Victoria.

The fund is expected to provide a boost of about $12million to the wine industry across the state with projects including cellar doors, kitchen and café upgrades, wine production facility developments and vineyard improvement works.

‘‘I am thrilled to announce the third round of the Wine Growth Fund — providing Victoria’s best winemakers with the support to grow their businesses and boost visitors to our beautiful wine regions,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘Victorian winemakers produce some fantastic wines, and we’re proud to back this industry to keep growing well into the future.’’

In addition, the government said it would continue to support the wine industry through Wine to the World, a $5million election commitment to support Victorian wine producers to create jobs and increase exports, while the $10million election commitment, Taking Our Local Produce to the World, will also provide assistance to producers of craft food, beer and spirits.

Help council clean shire

Mitchell Shire Council’s civic presentation team have been hard at work beautifying the municipality — but they need your help.

The team is tasked with cleaning surfaces and collecting loose rubbish laying around the main streets of towns.

The team has raised the bar with its work cleaning built-up grime off visible surfaces, removing graffiti and notices from light and street poles, fixing and re-painting rubbish bins, cleaning bus shelters, including graffiti removal and sanding and re-staining of street furniture and bollards.

Mitchell Shire is putting a great deal of effort into improving the look and feel of the region’s main thoroughfares and is removing mess, litter and graffiti as quickly as possible.

If you see something that could do with a bit of extra love, let council know by calling 57346200.

Marking, tagging or graffitiing any surface is a crime and offenders will be prosecuted.

If you see anything suspicious or you know of somebody who has graffitied a wall, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.