Regional Victoria will become our state’s manufacturing powerhouse with new career paths for young people and opportunities for businesses to expand and invest being a key priority of an elected Liberals and Nationals Government.
Victorian Liberal Leader Matthew Guy and Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh were in Shepparton today at local manufacturer MedCon to launch a $1 billion investment in the future of country communities.
As part of the $2.5 billion Rebuilding Jobs, Bringing Manufacturing Home program, the unprecedented $1 billion regional spend will drive new jobs, strengthen regional economies and restore business confidence at a crucial point in our state’s recovery.
This program will focus on key areas of competitive advantage including; healthcare, food, fibre and beverages, rare earth and mineral processing and will support both short-term expansion and longer-term development opportunities.
It will support businesses to expand or replace imports with manufacturing operations to be located in regional communities, in turn driving new career opportunities in secure, long-term employment.
After suffering the world’s longest lockdown, Victoria has the highest unemployment in the nation, with record debt and shattered mental health due to a loss of purpose and our way of life.
Too often, regional Victorian families and businesses were caught up in Daniel Andrews’ one-size-fits-all lockdown laws and have suffered significant economic and emotional hardship.
Now, more than ever, regional Victoria needs a government it can trust to consider the needs of all Victorians – not just those who live in Melbourne – to recover and rebuild with confidence.
Instead of debt-fuelled major projects for Melbourne, the Victorian Liberal Nationals’ plan will reinvigorate small and family businesses across the regions and help rebuild and support communities from the ground up.
“Victoria’s largest ever investment in manufacturing will mean not just jobs but careers for local communities desperate to rebuild and recover.
“Under our plan, $1 billion will be invested in regional projects to support communities across regional Victoria becoming manufacturing hubs once again.
“Local careers underpin local communities and we will deliver better choices and more confidence for regional workers and businesses.”Victorian Liberal Leader, Matthew Guy
“Victoria has a real opportunity to create thousands of new jobs and attract millions-of-dollars of investment, while regenerating our own capability to produce critical supplies that we’ve otherwise lost to overseas.
“Located just a couple of hours from business opportunities in Melbourne and strategically located on key freight links, Shepparton is in prime position to seize on the new manufacturing opportunities this $1 billion fund would offer.
“Victoria used to be the manufacturing heart of Australia. A Liberals and Nationals Government will bring manufacturing home to Victoria – where it belongs.”Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh