A comprehensive plan to stimulate growth, economic activity and leadership in the Murray River region has been officially launched today by the Acting Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan.
Mr Ryan said the Empowering Vision Strategic Plan developed by the Committee 4 Echuca Moama (C4EM) would provide a blueprint for the advancement and delivery of key regional projects and initiatives.
“The committee’s inaugural strategic plan is a vital document for the region, providing a roadmap of priority projects that will strengthen economic development, industry sustainability, investment attraction and leadership development,” Mr Ryan said.
“The key focus of the plan revolves around platforms including the need for economic investment, innovative business, infrastructure development, natural advantages, community amenity, education and employment.”
Member for Rodney, Paul Weller said the C4EM had become a strong voice for the Echuca Moama community.
“The committee now has more than 30 key leaders from the health, tourism, hospitality, food processing, agriculture, manufacturing, business and tertiary sectors, all working to create a more prosperous and vibrant Echuca Moama,” Mr Weller said.
“We certainly welcome the creative thinking and passionate views of the committee and I look forward to continuing a positive working relationship with the committee.”
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government provided $20,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund (RGF) for the development of the inaugural C4EM Strategic Plan.
“The Coalition Govermnent’s flagship $1 billion Regional Growth Fund is designed to support locally driven projects and help drive growth, create jobs and support a better quality of life in regional and rural Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.
"Since its inception, the RGF has been used to support 522 projects across regional and rural Victoria worth in excess of $380 million,” Mr Ryan said.
“The fund supports projects such as improved infrastructure, local economic development and job creation, improved service delivery, improved community capability and support for project planning.”
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Peter Ryan MLA
Member for Gippsland South | Deputy Premier
Minister for State Development | Minister for Regional and Rural Development