Regions can help us recover from pandemic

Regional Victoria can help grow manufacturing and new jobs as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said there is a great opportunity to capitalise on the interest in Melbourne people moving back to the regions and help develop new industries in our regional centres to create jobs and decentralise our state.

“The Nationals and Liberals announced last year our ‘Back to Work, Back in Business Program’ which included an $1 billion ‘Bringing Manufacturing Home Fund’ to encourage manufacturers to locate facilities in Victoria.

“This is a policy we put forward as part of a suite of suggestions for the Andrews Labor Government to adopt to help get our state back on track after last year’s devastating second wave.

“Given we are now into our sixth lockdown and Melbourne will likely be in that situation for some time yet, we will need innovative policies to help get our state firing again.

“There’s a great opportunity to establish more manufacturing in our regions, particularly here in Gippsland and reduce our reliance on single source suppliers such as China.

“A $1 billion ‘Bringing Manufacturing Home Fund’ would help stimulate investment and create jobs throughout Gippsland.”

Mr O’Brien said a good example of existing manufacturing and decentralisation policy was the Bambach Cables factory at Rosedale, which had relocated from Sydney with assistance from the Federal Government.

“This has created dozens of new jobs in our region and is a good example of how a small government incentive can help create jobs and shore-up our manufacturing sector.”

Mr O’Brien said The Nationals and Liberals had a positive plan to re-build the state in a post-pandemic world and could be found at -

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with Bambach Cables director Alf Chown during a previous visit to the factory.  Mr O’Brien says Bambach is a good example of manufacturing success in the regions that can be achieved with government support.


19 August 2021

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