COMMITTEE for Echuca-Moama has thrown its support behind getting a Victorian cross border commissioner and wants the office to be based in Echuca.
‘‘We will be advocating for the location of the Victorian cross border commissioner’s office to be in Echuca, essentially being the most central point along the northern state border,’’ C4EM chief executive Martin Szakal said.
‘‘Why shouldn’t the office be located on a border location where cross border issues occur, and not remotely controlled from Melbourne?
‘‘This would also form part of the State Government’s initiative to decentralise government services, potentially creating jobs for the township...so it’s a win, win, win as far as we can see.’’
C4EM is expected to write a letter to Regional Development Victoria and its minister Jaala Pulford supporting the introduction of a Victorian cross border commissioner.
Mr Szakal said it was imperative both states had a cross border commissioner to plan, discuss and debate the opportunities and challenges which face twin townships.
‘‘New South Wales already have a cross border commissioner, so it is necessary to have a Victorian commissioner to discuss how to solve and evolve the issues facing border towns...particularly when many of the Murray River townships like ours have their northern partner looking south to Melbourne for many reasons, rather than north to Sydney,” Mr Szakal said.
‘‘We will support the notion of a cross border commissioner as we believe it will assist in growing the economy and further developing the community.”