Broad: Have your say

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - Mr Broad is en­cour­ag­ing coun­cils and com­mu­nity groups to for­ward sub­mis­sions to his of­fice via mallee@aph.gov.au.

A fed­eral in­quiry into de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of Com­mon­wealth agen­cies has prompted Mem­ber for Mallee An­drew Broad to call on Wim­mera and Mallee peo­ple to have their say.

Mr Broad said a call for the in­quiry had passed through the Se­nate and peo­ple should now ex­plain why the Fed­eral Govern­ment should re­lo­cate pub­lic-sec­tor agen­cies from met­ro­pol­i­tan to re­gional cen­tres.

“This in­quiry will ex­am­ine the ben­e­fits of re­lo­cat­ing pub­lic sec­tor agen­cies away from the ma­jor cities and into re­gional towns like Horsham, Stawell, Mil­dura and Swan Hill and will also look at how the agen­cies would per­form their op­er­a­tions, when re­lo­cated,” he said.

“It is vi­tal that we all have our say on this. We need to let Can­berra and the Se­nate Fi­nance and Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion Ref­er­ences Com­mit­tee, which is in charge of the in­quiry, know why we de­serve to have agen­cies based in our re­gion.

“It’s our chance to show how we will ben­e­fit and also, how the agen­cies can ben­e­fit from re­lo­cat­ing to the Wim­mera and Mallee.”

Mr Broad said the con­cept of de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion had been gain­ing trac­tion as peo­ple re­alised sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings in hav­ing agen­cies based re­gion­ally, in terms of lower op­er­at­ing and rental costs and for em­ploy­ees seek­ing hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity and im­proved life­style.

“We have the peo­ple, we have the in­fras­truc­ture and we have the space. Let’s show Can­berra why they should be in­vest­ing in the Wim­mera and Mallee,” he said.

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