Mayor-elect Harriman to focus on job creation

Latrobe City Mayor-elect Dale Harriman’s prime focus will be on job creation and getting the most for the Valley during his two-year term.

Councillor Harriman was elected mayor at last night’s council meeting, with Cr Peter Gibbons chosen as deputy.

Cr Harriman said Latrobe City’s role in boosting jobs was ensuring projects received assistance in the planning permit approval process.

“I think we’ve got to get jobs. I think that’s the main issue facing a lot of Gippsland is getting strong job diversification and well-paying jobs and ongoing jobs into the area,” the Traralgon ward councillor said.

“I think we provide the infrastructure and we also have to work with our planning department to make sure that if projects come up, they’re put through.”

Cr Harriman added approved projects should be the best for residents in the area, while ensuring those potential jobs were “looked after”.

Cr Gibbons echoed these thoughts, adding council also had to focus on attracting investment.

“That means that council has got to take a very forward and progressive position about trying to get employers to come to the Valley, so that our population is employed,” Cr Gibbons said.

Read more in Thursday’s issue of The Express