Ryan calls for decentralisation of agency to Seymour
18 August 2017
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has called for the decentralisation of a government agency out to Seymour.
Ms Ryan said Seymour's central location made it the ideal candidate to become a base of government services.
“Seymour’s central location, proximity to the Hume Freeway and access to public transport to and from Melbourne should make it an obvious first choice for the government,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Game Management Authority could be a good fit for Seymour, given we already have Field and Game headquartered here.
“We are also well positioned to build on the health training already taking place and to expand on the delivery of health and aged care services.
“Seymour has a lot to offer but the Andrews Government must be willing to invest so that the town can grow.”
Ms Ryan said the need to create jobs was one of many issues raised at a population policy forum she hosted in Seymour recently.
“The decentralisation of a government agency would help stimulate the local economy and provide opportunities for Seymour residents,” Ms Ryan said.
“At the forum I held recently, business and community leaders spoke of the need to take pride in their community, to sell the benefits and features Seymour already has and to maximise opportunities for current and future residents.
“I want to see Seymour flourish.”
Ms Ryan said The Nationals and Liberals had established the Population Policy Taskforce to encourage economic growth within the regions.
“Victoria’s population is growing at an unprecedented rate and one of the biggest challenges of any state government is to deal with this growth in a constructive and sustainable way.
“It is important that if we’re attracting people to an area that we have the employment, as well as the facilities and resources needed to support them,” Ms Ryan said.