Local visit for Cross Border commissioner
The NSW Cross- Border Commissioner was in Yarrawonga Mulwala recently to speak at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Strategic Development meeting.
Mr James McTavish spoke about the role he plays across NSW and the ways in which he and his team can assist Mulwala and move into Yarrawonga.
The 2018/19 Victorian Budget provided $760,000 to establish the Cross-Border Commissioner to address issues that impact on businesses, organisations and residents who live, work and operate across state borders.
The Cross-Border Commissioner role focuses on engaging with stakeholders, negotiating agreements between government agencies, and advocating on behalf of border communities and businesses.
“Addressing cross-border issues is part of our core business,” Mr McTavish said.
“The timing has never been better to look into the issues relating to Yarrawonga Mulwala and the cross border municipalities.
“The Victorian government is now committed to cross-border functionality which helps us a lot in areas such as this one with towns on either side of the NSW and Victorian borders.
“We are currently in the preliminary process between NSW and Victoria but no MOU is in place yet so we can’t produce any concrete plans.”
Mr McTavish was also impressed in how the Federation and Moira Councils spoke to each other and tried to work as ‘one’ where there could.
“The fact councilors talk to each other around here is great, there is then a measure of strategic line but I don’t think it will happen that you could have a single government entity,” Mr McTavish said.
“Co-operation between municipalities gives the feel that you are able to have progress.
“However some issues are difficult because both jurisdictions need to benefit. “There are projects yet to be determined.” Last week Victoria’s first ever Cross Border Commissioner was announced in a win for locals living and working across the state’s borders.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced the appointment of Luke Wilson to the critical new role, which will be responsible for promoting the interests of Victorian border communities, resolving issues, and developing common approaches with neighbouring states.
The Cross Border Commissioner will be based in Wodonga and divide his time between a number of Victorian Government offices along the borders to ensure all communities engaged direct.
“This is a unique opportunity to work sideby-side with border communities to make living and working in our border communities even better. We’ve listened to our Regional Partnerships and we’re getting on with it,” new Victoria Cross Border Commissioner Luke Wilson said.
“Over the coming months, I will be meeting with many individuals and organisations, and am really looking forward to hearing from you, and then getting things fixed. This is an exciting opportunity to address a real need.”
NSW Cross-Border Commissioner James McTavish was in town as part of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Strategic Development meeting.