VICTORIA’S country communities are at the heart of the Liberal Nationals’ plan to decentralise population growth in our state says the Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh.
He said ‘‘the nonsense claim from Labor MPs the regional development portfolio has been cut is ‘‘nothing more than hysterical scaremongering’’.
‘‘The Andrews Labor Government is desperate to divert attention from the fact it has failed to plan for the future population of our state,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘Unlike Labor, the Liberal Nationals have been consulting with country communities, stakeholders and local government across Victoria to develop a population plan to grow our whole state – not just Melbourne,’’ he said.
‘‘Decentralising our population by creating good jobs that will support more small business opportunities in our regional centres is central to the Liberal Nationals’ plan for regional development.
‘‘Our plan will also include building the roads and transport infrastructure to better connect our cities and towns as well as providing better schools and local health care.’’
Mr Walsh said under Labor, country roads have been left to crumble, and skyrocketing energy costs and other cost-of-living pressures are making it harder to do business and causing job losses across regional Victoria.
He said Victorians have a clear choice at the next election.
‘‘A choice between a Coalition team focused and united on the issues that matter, such as jobs, cost of living and regional connectivity, or a Labor administration preoccupied with factional fights and rorting the taxpayer,’’ he said.