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MEDIA RELEASE - State budget a 'big economic win' for Glenelg

4 May 2018

The State Budget has been hailed a “big economic win” by Mayor Cr Anita Rank, citing it will bring various benefits to the Glenelg Shire and broader south west region.

Cr Rank and CEO Greg Burgoyne were briefed personally by Treasurer the Hon Tim Pallas today on various budget outcomes which will open up new business opportunities in the region, improvements in digital connectivity and communication, plus strengthening of vocational education pathways.

Cr Rank said the budget contained a number of regional initiatives which will enable funding for local outcomes, building on previous advocacy efforts.

The shire’s advocacy efforts with the Green Triangle Freight Action Plan have paid significant dividends with the announcement of a regional roads body to ensure funds are appropriately directed to priority projects, with local roads expected to be earmarked in the initial investment round.

The success of this roads campaign is further reflected in the announcement of a cross border commissioner to strengthen business links and trade, simplifying and streamlining opportunities with South Australian stakeholders.

Cr Rank said the cross border commissioner would assist the newly created Green Triangle Tourism Group, which when combined with a state-wide $51.1million investment in tourism marketing, will provide an ideal platform for growth in the visitor economy.

“Council is extremely pleased with this budget which we believe is a big economic win for our shire. This is a budget with a clear regional focus aimed at strengthening our economy and attracting people to explore, live and invest in our region,” Cr Rank said.

“The announcement of a regional roads fund will ensure our local roads are prioritised, however this budget has delivered much more to benefit our broader community.

“Council welcomes the $11 million investment in enhancing mobile coverage – an issue we have been proactively lobbying for as part of a broader digital strategy which will make it easier to do business in our region, providing opportunities for people to have a metro job with the comforts of country living.

“The reduction in payroll tax will assist our local business by reducing costs and enabling expansion, opening doors to new job creation.

“Major investment in our TAFE sector will mean local students can stay local, creating a low cost pathway to further education. Additionally investment in vocational pathways and fast tracking of secondary students into apprenticeships and traineeships will assist in developing much needed trade skills.

“Furthermore, the announcement of more than $16 million to support agribusiness will provide opportunities to reposition ourselves as a food bowl for not only Victoria but the nation, promoting what we believe is the country’s best clean and green food and fibre.”

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