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MEDIA RELEASE - Treasure Pallas headlines stakeholder forum

5 September 2017

Glenelg Shire Council will this week host Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas MP in the latest round of its development stakeholder forums.

More than 100 business leaders will attend the lunchtime session on Friday 8 September where Mr Pallas is expected to detail the government’s push for decentralisation and the important role Portland, and the broader Glenelg Shire, will play in the state’s economy into the future.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council was pleased to partner with the State Government to deliver the important community update.

“The attraction of the Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas, headlining this popular business forum series, is a great drawcard for our region. It will provide a direct avenue for our business leaders to communicate the priorities of our region with one of the government’s key leaders and influencers,” Cr Rank said.

“The Treasurer looks to our shire, in particular Portland, as a major player in the state’s economy. We have a pivotal role to play into the short to medium future, particularly with substantial growth forecast in our burgeoning agricultural sector.

“This session will discuss and detail the important role our shire can play in leading this future state growth, remaining an economic powerhouse which will drive investment and support local job growth.”

Council’s Development Stakeholder Forums are held quarterly, providing business leaders with an update on council’s work and close partnership with State Government.

Cr Rank said Mr Pallas was looking forward to meeting some of the shire’s key business leaders, learning about the more than $100 million of private investment forecast for the shire over the next 12 months.

“The State Government are extremely supportive of council’s ambitions to diversify the local economy, building value-add opportunities in the food and fibre sector, such as aquaculture and forestry,” Cr Rank said.

“This was seen earlier this year when the State Government provided a support package to Alcoa to provide for its future, securing local jobs.

“These forums are an important platform to ensure everyone is kept abreast of the great work being achieved by council, in particular the economic development unit, in partnership with government and private developers."

The Development Stakeholders Forum starts at 12.30pm at council’s Portland reception room with a light lunch to be served.

To learn more contact council’s economy and investment manager Dan Pech on 5522 2344 or email dpech@glenelg.vic.gov.au


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