Question Without Notice –
My question is for the Premier. Premier, it is my understanding that Victoria’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund is due to expire on 30 June this year, and so I ask: what steps will you take to ensure that regional Victoria continues to be funded from a dedicated funding stream?
Regional Victoria has benefited significantly from the program, and in my electorate alone there have been enormous contributions to a range of initiatives that have led to jobs and growth.
Booths Transport in Strathmerton received $8 million, delivering 77 new jobs. Katunga Fresh in Katunga and Murphy Fresh in Tatura have benefited from $10 million, creating 92 new jobs, and we had a $10 million contribution towards the new Shepparton Art Museum.
During last year’s election campaign the coalition promised $1 billion for a decentralisation and regional development program.
It was disappointing to see no such commitment come from your government during the election campaign, and I just wonder what plans you have in relation to a dedicated fund.
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