Budget 2020/21 delivers for Goulburn25/11/2020
The Victorian Government’s 2020/21 Budget is investing in initiatives that support recovery in the Goulburn region, including $35 million over four years for Regional Creative Infrastructure projects including the Euroa Community Cinema and Shepparton Art Museum.
This year’s Budget focused on driving the economic and social recovery of Victoria, including enabling strong recovery across rural and regional Victoria.
Other investments in the Goulburn region include $400 million for Stage 3 of the Shepparton Rail Line Upgrade and $4.2 million for the new Regional Skills Demand Profiles initiative.
The new initiative will see the Victorian Skills Commissioner establish Regional Skills Taskforces and develop and deliver Regional Skills Demand Profiles for Regional Partnership regions, including Goulburn.
Regional Skills Demand Profiles will help to identify where local investment is being made, existing and future workforce training needs, and what skills will be required for local Goulburn students, jobseekers and the workforce more broadly.
A further $70 million from the $1.25 billion Big Housing Build will be allocated to build social and affordable housing in Greater Shepparton and Mitchell Shire.
The University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus in the Goulburn Valley will share in $50 million in funding through the Agricultural College Modernisation Program to build staff, student and conference accommodation for up to 130 people.
The Murray Basin Rail Project will receive a boost, with $48.8 million allocated to deliver Victoria’s share of funding for its next steps.
This year’s Budget also includes a number of state-wide initiatives focused on boosting key regional industries, creating jobs and encouraging regional tourism.
These initiatives include the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package, the $626 million Victoria's Digital Future Now initiative and the $10 million Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regional Recovery Fund.