Gippsland poised to grow

THE Gippsland region is well-positioned to grow the state’s economy, innovate and create new jobs, according to Deputy Premier and Regional and Rural Development Minister Peter Ryan.

Speaking to councillors at the Gippsland Regional Forum in Morwell on Friday, Mr Ryan said the discussion was designed to introduce councillors across Gippsland to important regional strategies while allowing them to engage with other community leaders.

“Gippsland can make better use of its natural resources by investing in services and infrastructure that allow the region to adapt, build resilience and grow in a sustainable way,” Mr Ryan said.

“Regional Victoria accounts for a quarter of Victoria’s economic output and is home to a quarter of its population, putting it in an ideal position to grow the economy.”

Mr Ryan said programs like the Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Roadmap and Advancing Country Towns were great examples of collaboration between state and local governments to boost the economy.

He said the State Government had contributed more than $35 million through the Regional Growth Fund to Gippsland projects to date.