Lib’s 50 day tour starts next week
A SHORTAGE of skilled and unskilled labour in the electorate of Indi is one of the most common issues raised with Liberal candidate for Indi Steven Martin (pictured) since he was endorsed in December.
Mr Martin will commence an epic 50 towns in 50 days tour of the electorate in Myrtleford on January 18 to receive more feedback from voters on the issues that matter most to them.
“I chose Myrtleford as it is close to the geographic centre of Indi,” Mr Martin said.
“During the visits I will be completing a range of activities including setting up listening posts, consulting with local businesses, meeting with local councils, visiting health services, speaking with sporting clubs and attending community events.
“I am a strong believer that local people will shape the future of this region, and if I am elected as the local member for Indi I will be absolutely focused on supporting community initiatives and making it easier for local businesses to do what they do best.
“Good government creates the fertile ground in which businesses and communities can thrive.”
He said he had already received feedback from local businesses on how they are struggling to get the right people in their workforce.
“It’s not about replacing local people in jobs but bringing people in for specific roles such as chefs or agriculture workers that we don’t have the local people for,” Mr Martin said.
“When we’ve got less than four per cent unemployment in the Hume region it creates stress for businesses.
“Welfare dependency is at a 30 year low and that reflects that the Liberal party policies are working.
“That said I think there is always more to be done on making sure we can reduce the barriers for people entering the workforce.
“Having a job is such an important thing for people’s wellbeing, and I am passionate that the health, education and jobs networks are providing the right support needed to get people into work.”
He said he would review the tour schedule week by week to allow some flexibility.
After Myrtleford the first stage of the tour will then head to Yarck on January 19, Benalla January 20, Eskdale January 21, Glenrowan January 22, Walwa January 23 and Falls Creek January 24.