SENATOR THE HON. FIONA NASH
MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, AND RURAL HEALTH
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
MR DAMIAN DRUM
NATIONALS CANDIDATE FOR MURRAY
MR DUNCAN MCGAUCHIE
LIBERAL CANDIDATE FOR MURRAY
A re-elected Turnbull-Joyce Government will invest $20 million into a locally-led Goulburn Valley Jobs and Investment Package.
The package will help create local jobs and growth, build a highly skilled local workforce, take advantage of export opportunities and diversify the regional economy.
The package will attract co-investment from businesses and from other levels of government which will see the total investment in the region expected to exceed $40 million.
The Nationals Candidate for Murray Damian Drum said he was elated to deliver a Jobs and Investment Package which would be directed by local knowledge and ideas.
“The Goulburn Valley Jobs and Investment Package will see the region put forward its plan including key strengths and industries which can grow the local economy and employ people in the future,” Mr Drum said.
“Applications for grants from the fund will be assessed against the Goulburn Valley’s own economic growth plan, which it will produce at the request of the Coalition Government, and against a Jobs Growth Assessment Criteria.
“This is not Canberra dictating to the Goulburn Valley. This is Canberra partnering with the Goulburn Valley; taking direction from the Goulburn Valley. Local knowledge knows best.
“The Goulburn Valley Jobs and Investment Package will bring forward local business investment and expansion, creating jobs in the Murray area, which includes regional centres Wodonga, Wangaratta and Mansfield.
Liberal Candidate for Murray Duncan McGuachie said it was his number one priority to see jobs created for local families and this package will build local skills and drive export opportunities by harnessing local knowledge.
“My number one priority is to see jobs created for local families. That’s why the Turnbull Government has a plan for a Strong New Economy which invests directly in the Goulburn Valley to build a highly skilled local workforce,” Mr McGauchie said.
“Key to our jobs and investment package is harnessing local know-how, because locals, not Canberra, know what’s best for our community.
“I have spoken extensively with local industry and local educators about the opportunities investment can create in the community.
“Our Plan for a Strong New Economy is carefully structured to provide jobs and growth that will secure the future for Goulburn Valley families.”
Minister for Regional Development and Nationals Deputy Leader Fiona Nash said grants from the package will be awarded through three streams:
- Support for businesses to grow and bring forward expansion plans
- Building local infrastructure
- Investment in skills and training programmes to build a highly skilled local workforce
“The Goulburn Valley Jobs and Investment Package will create community-driven government investment – a genuine partnGoulburn Valley jobership between the Coalition Government and local communities,” Minister Nash said.
“These grants will assist local businesses to grow and expand, as well as encourage new businesses to enter the region, creating new sustainable jobs.
“As Deputy Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional Development, I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to.
“We don’t our young people to take their talents to Melbourne – they need good job prospects right here in the Goulburn Valley.
“Only the Coalition has a locally-led plan for the Goulburn Valley to create local jobs and local growth.”