Na­tion­als’ plan to take con­trol of growth

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

‘‘We won’t re­peat the fail­ures of past state gov­ern­ments that failed to plan for and in­vest in the in­fra­struc­ture that will en­sure re­gional Vic­to­ria con­tin­ues to thrive.’’

Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan said the au­thor­ity will be charged with grow­ing the area be­tween Sey­mour and Shep­par­ton, and plan­ning the in­fra­struc­ture that will be needed to sup­port that pop­u­la­tion growth.

‘‘I think Sey­mour is go­ing to grow, but it’s whether we take con­trol of that process and grow in the way we want it to,’’ she said.

‘‘Be­fore the 2014 elec­tion I com­mit­ted $2.5 mil­lion to revitalise Sey­mour, but we lost gov­ern­ment at that elec­tion and I couldn’t fol­low through with my plans to at­tract jobs and in­vest in the town.

‘‘I’ve re­ceived a clear mes­sage from the com­mu­nity over the past five years that Sey­mour has in­cred­i­ble po­ten­tial and we need to be able to cap­i­talise on that.

‘‘We have ev­ery­thing at our dis­posal here, but we haven’t been a tar­get for eco­nomic or pop­u­la­tion growth, but we want to change that.’’

The Na­tion­als are mak­ing no se­cret of their bold plan to de­cen­tralise jobs and growth across Vic­to­ria, and Ms Ryan said Sey­mour was the per­fect place for that.

Mel­bourne’s pop­u­la­tion has al­ready passed five mil­lion and is grow­ing at an av­er­age of 2700 peo­ple a week.

Part of the au­thor­ity’s role will be to at­tract new busi­ness and jobs to this re­gion, as well as plan­ning what is re­quired to sup­port more peo­ple mov­ing to the re­gion.

‘‘This is a ma­jor plank of our de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion pol­icy, we looked at the ex­am­ple of Al­buryWodonga which Gough Whit­lam tar­geted to be a ma­jor in­land city, and it has grown sub­stan­tially be­cause of that,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘At­tract­ing com­pa­nies to in­vest in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties is a part of that.’’

Po­ten­tial: Sey­mour res­i­dent Shan­non In­ness and her son Brock with The Na­tion­als’ leader Peter Walsh and Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan, on site where the In­ness fam­ily is build­ing their home.

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