Libs vow to aid coun­cils

Herald Sun - - NEWS - ALEX WHITE

A SPE­CIAL­IST plan­ning team will be set up to help re­gional coun­cils deal with is­sues and fast-track projects in coun­try Vic­to­ria.

If elected in Novem­ber, the Coali­tion is pledg­ing to rein­tro­duce the Coun­cil Plan­ning Fly­ing Squad pro­gram to take pres­sure off ru­ral coun­cils, which are deal­ing with ris­ing costs and skill short­ages.

Na­tion­als leader and spokesman for re­gional Vic­to­ria Peter Walsh said the move would speed up plan­ning projects and en­cour­age more busi­ness and in­vest­ment in re­gional ar­eas.

“Th­ese fly­ing squads will take the pres­sure off coun­cils by giv­ing them ex­pert re­sources, when they need it, to make the most of de­vel­op­ment and new in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in coun­try Vic­to­ria,” Mr Walsh said. “The Lib­eral Na­tion­als have a de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion vi­sion to turn Vic­to­ria into a state of cities, not just a city state, and that is underpinned by bet­ter plan­ning.”

The fly­ing squad pro­gram was axed in 2015.

An in­de­pen­dent re­view found the fly­ing squads had a cost-ben­e­fit ra­tio of 1:3, with the pro­gram cited as lead­ing prac­tice by the Aus­tralian Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion.

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