Jobs and funding cut under Labor’s ‘plan’ for regional development

4 September 2019

The future of Victoria’s only government department dedicated to supporting jobs growth and community development in Ovens Valley and across Regional Victoria is under threat.

The Andrews Labor Government has failed to rule out further job losses and funding cuts from Regional Development Victoria (RDV) following a review that’s currently underway.

It comes after a $130 million cut to RDV’s administration funding in the May State Budget.

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said there were many local programs that had been supported by RDV.

“RDV, through the Regional Growth Fund, supported many critical projects that have led to community development and jobs growth in the local area,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Despite this program delivering a $1 billion boost to country communities and encouraging businesses – and jobs – to relocate out of Melbourne, Labor failed to renew it at the May State Budget.

“The rumour mill’s running wild with reports of more job cuts at RDV, significant cash flow problems and delays of more than 12 months for grant assessments and regional leaders are rightly questioning how much longer RDV will survive.”

The Andrews Labor Government is currently reviewing RDV, but it’s not clear when the review will be completed or if it will be publicly released.

Mr McCurdy said city-centric Labor would further abandon the Ovens Valley community by axing RDV.

“Given the $130 million cut to RDV’s administration funding, plus the failure to renew the $500 million Regional Growth Fund in the May State Budget, this will only get worse for our regional communities under Labor,” Mr McCurdy said.

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