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MEDIA RELEASE - Cross border Comissioner commits to work with Green Triangle

11 October 2019

Green Triangle councils have unlocked opportunities for interstate collaboration with cross border commissioner Luke Wilson this week.

Mr Wilson, who leads the Regional Development Victoria portfolio, met with key council and government leaders from across south west Victoria and the south east of South Australia to gain a greater understanding of local economic development opportunities.

The meetings highlighted the importance of cross border focused policy development to drive future job growth, particularly in the timber, agriculture and tourism sectors.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the Green Triangle was making “collaboration a priority” to generate further business.

“There are many commonalities across the Green Triangle. We are all experiencing a period of economic growth, with significant job opportunities, particularly in freight movements connected to the timber and agriculture sectors,” she said.

“The commissioner was very interested to learn more about our plans for collaboration, and how we can get State Governments working together to support Green Triangle projects, aligning policies and regulations to make it easier to do business and improve supply chain efficiencies.

“There are vast opportunities ahead of us, particularly with the formulation of a timber hub in the region which will generate new job opportunities, particularly in research and development and in creating enabling infrastructure. It’s important we continue to work together to get the formula right to sustain the momentum.”

Cr Rank said the region’s love of sport, particularly cycle, was a key area for future partnership.

“The Tour of the Great South Coast has become one of regional Australia’s top cycling event, with moves to include a female race in the future, further building the profile and destination marketing of the Green Triangle region,” she said.

“To ensure this will grow we need State Government’s working together, investing in marketing campaigns and in the long term proposed cross-border cycling routes, to open new adventure tourism opportunities.”

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