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Independent review delivers fresh ideas to drive jobs and growth in regional Victoria


An independent review into regional economic development and services outlining 61 recommendations spanning transport, planning, industry policy, investment, trade, skills and education was today delivered to the Victorian Government.

The delivery of the Review into Regional Economic Development and Services final report follows four months of extensive consultation by the independent External Advisory Board. The Board was chaired by the former Premier John Brumby and supported by regional business and community leaders from across Victoria.

Accepting the Board’s final report today, Minister for Regional Development thanked the Board members for their work and committed to releasing the report in full as part of a comprehensive, whole-of-government response to be delivered by October.

With a focus on driving economic growth in regional Victoria, the report proposes a new way for government to work in the regions, recommending changes to governance and service delivery that would amplify regional Victoria’s voice in government decision-making.

The report presents an opportunity for the Government to develop a comprehensive whole-of-government response to the Review, paving the way for generations of prosperity in regional Victoria.

A future-focused, whole-of-government response will provide a strong foundation for the Government to create jobs and drive growth and investment to deliver better outcomes for regional and rural Victorians.

The Review has been supported by extensive consultations and stakeholder input. A total of 95 submissions were received, 74 interviews with senior business and community leaders were undertaken, and there were 15 presentations by different representative bodies including the Victorian Farmers Federation and local government.

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