Funding To Support Regional Strategic Planning

Regional leaders and communities across Victoria will benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.5 million investment to support the development of regional strategic plans, as part of the 2015-16 Victorian Budget.

The Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, today confirmed the $1.5 million in funding to support strategic regional planning and development would be delivered through the Labor Government’s $50 million Stronger Regional Communities Plan.

Launching the new Loddon Mallee Regional Strategic Plan in Bendigo today, Ms Pulford said the investment would support Regional Strategic Planning Committees to build understanding and consensus on regional priorities.

The community led regional strategic planning model was established by the former Labor Government and supports regional communities to develop strategies to meet new challenges and capitalise on new opportunities.

The final design of the regional strategic planning program will be informed by the advice of the current Regional Economic Services Review.

The Stronger Regional Communities Plan is part of the Labor Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which will come into effect on 1 July, 2015.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford

“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our regional communities to be the best they can be.”

“This funding will help equip our regional communities with the support they need to develop the right plan to grow jobs and support new and emerging industries.”

“Through our $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund we will deliver major projects, drive economic growth and create the jobs of the future.”

8 May 2015

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