Steph Ryan secures $2.5 million to drive Seymour industry and jobs

19 November 2014

A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will invest $2.5 million into transforming Seymour into a vibrant gateway to the Goulburn Valley.

The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said a re-elected Coalition Government will establish an Upper Goulburn Industry and Infrastructure Fund to deliver on a community driven industry and jobs plan to secure growth and opportunity in Seymour.

The Fund will receive an initial $2.5 million for investing in local industry innovation to expand local businesses and attract new industry to create secure local jobs. 

A Seymour Development Taskforce of local business, community and Mitchell Shire representatives will be established, charged with creating a development plan for Seymour. This plan will identify priority actions and underpin government investment through the Fund.

“A key issue that has been raised with me as I meet with the community and local traders is the need for economic growth and jobs creation in Seymour,” Ms Ryan said.

“The first Putting Locals First Forum I held with the Deputy Premier Peter Ryan in Seymour back in June clearly identified the need for targeted economic development.

“Seymour has the potential to be a thriving regional centre but unfortunately has been held back due to a range of factors.

“This initial funding from a re-elected Liberal-Nationals Coalition will ensure Seymour has a clear plan and the financial support it needs to realise its potential.

 “An initial $2.5 million seed fund will invest in strategic projects that help to create jobs and grow the population.”

Ms Ryan said the investment would be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and the project would begin immediately if the Liberal-Nationals Coalition is re-elected.

“This project is an example of exactly what the Regional Growth Fund is all about – supporting community-driven initiatives that deliver real benefits to rural and regional towns,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Nationals are working hard in the Coalition Government to get things done locally and secure a fair share of funding for regional and rural Victoria.

“We have already committed to invest $15 million into Seymour College and $600,000 into Kings Park if re-elected.

“While the Liberal-Nationals Coalition wants to establish regional Victoria as the key driver of our state’s future prosperity, Labor plans to cut the country.

“Labor has said it plans to scrap the Regional Growth Fund if elected, along with other important initiatives for rural and regional Victoria including axing the Coalition’s $160 Country Roads and Bridges Program and the popular $4 million Fox and Wild Dog Bounty.”

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