19 May 2017

Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity in Corangamite

  • The Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity regional policy statement released.
  • Publication sets out the Government’s agenda for regional Australia towards 2030—working to make regional Australia an even better place to live, work and invest.
  • The Regions 2030 agenda encompasses the five key focus areas of Jobs and Economic Development; Infrastructure; Health; Education; and Communications.
  • Regional Australia is a key driver of the Australian economy.

Residents of the Corangamite electorate will continue to experience the benefits of the Coalition Government’s commitment to regional Australia, as outlined in a new regional policy document released today.

The release of Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity coincides with the 2017-18 Federal Budget, with the Regions 2030 agenda set to create jobs, innovation and economic growth in regional and remote communities as projects announced in the Budget get underway.

Speaking at Broken Hill today, the Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash outlined the Government’s action plan to see regional Australia reach its potential.

“Regional development is about having a vision for what we want regional communities to look like in 20 years. It’s about making sure we create both careers and jobs in our communities so our children and grandchildren can lead fulfilling lives. It’s about developing ways our young people can receive an excellent education without leaving the community they grew up in,” said Minister Nash.

“It’s about building the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to.

“Regional development is about much more than just grants programs.

“It’s also about lifting the profile of regional Australia and creating awareness of the fact every Australian owes their lifestyle to regional Australia.

“Regional Australia provides the water city people drink, the milk on their breakfast, the meat and vegetables for dinner, the gas to cook dinner and heat water, and the electricity which powers their households.

“Investing in our regions is essential for Australia – strong regions mean a strong nation.

“A ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to developing regional policy does not work. Regions 2030 focuses on working with communities to meet their economic and social needs, which will help to improve life for rural, regional and remote Australians.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said they were thrilled the Coalition Government has developed a comprehensive regional agenda that partners with local communities to make regions even better places to live, work and invest in.

“It’s our local community, we want to drive investment and support the opportunities that we know will make a significant difference here in our region,” Ms Henderson said.

“Health, education, jobs and economic development, infrastructure and communications are the five key areas of focus for Regions 2030, which is particularly pleasing to see.

“These are amongst the biggest drivers of a community’s success, and it’s great to see the Coalition Government will focus investment in these areas.

“I am looking forward to working with the broader community so we can deliver improved outcomes for the entire region.”

Projects set to unlock the potential in Corangamite include:

  • $100m rail duplication project between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds
  • $185.5m duplication of the Princes Highway between Winchelsea and Colac
  • $13.34m for 6 projects under the National Stronger Regions Fund
  • Ms Henderson is also strongly advocating for a City Deal for Geelong

To view a copy of Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity, visit www.regional.gov.au/regions2030

18 May 2017