An elected Liberal Government will drive investment into Regional Victoria, build community assets and accelerate decentralisation with a $1 billion Decentralisation Fund.
While Melbourne grows at 2700 people per week, just over 20,000 people move to Regional Victoria in 12 months.
Liberal candidate for Shepparton Cheryl Hammer said the $1 billion Decentralisation Fund was a comprehensive investment to help the Goulburn Valley and Regional Victoria thrive.
“Service clubs, sporting clubs and community groups are the heartbeat of the Goulburn Valley but they’ve missed out because of Daniel Andrews’ city-centric agenda,” Cheryl Hammer said.
“Local people know their community best, which is why a Liberal Government will back local ideas to drive local development.
“We want to decentralise our state, so places like Shepparton can benefit from the jobs and business investment that comes when communities grow.”
The $1 billion Decentralisation Fund will also include a grants program for smaller projects through a returned Putting Locals First Fund which will help put communities in control of their future and fund local projects that will support economic and social development.
Daniel Andrews scrapped this grassroots funding, abandoning local groups.
Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh said the Fund will also support business growth and local job creation, enable communities to attract and retain new residents and raise education outcomes for the youngest Victorians.
“It will make Regional Victoria an even better place to live by creating good, secure jobs, helping regional businesses to thrive and connecting our communities, both socially and with better infrastructure and services,” Mr Walsh said.
“Daniel Andrews and city-centric Labor have no plan to decentralise our state and make sure people who live outside of Melbourne’s tram tracks aren’t missing out.
“Only a Liberal Nationals Government will make our state a state of cities, where all Victorians benefit from population growth by delivering the better infrastructure, education and job opportunities Regional Victorians deserve.”