- Victorian Coalition Government creates 21,200 regional jobs in 3.5 years
- Labor created just 8,800 regional jobs in its last 3.5 years in office
- Coalition Government building a better regional Victoria
The Victorian Coalition Government is building stronger regional and rural communities, having created 21,200 regional jobs in its first three and a half years in office.
Speaking at the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia regional development lunch today, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said Victoria’s regional employment rate was second only to mining boom state Western Australia.
“Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the Coalition Government has created 21,200 regional Victorian jobs in its first three and a half years in office,” Mr Ryan said.
“In the 12 months to May, Victorian regional employment grew by 11,300, and our regional unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent is below the all-states regional average of 6.5 per cent.
“In comparison, the Labor Party created just 8,800 jobs in its last three and a half years in office, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
“We’re not surprised to have created more than twice as many jobs as the Labor Party did for regional Victoria – we’ve invested far more in regional Victoria than Labor did. Upon winning office, we immediately got to work investing in rural and regional Victoria.
“The Coalition’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund has invested around $130 million a year into rural and regional Victoria – more than $400 million into 1,440 projects with a total value of $1.6 billion in just three and a half years.
“Labor’s own glossy brochures tell us its Regional Infrastructure Development Fund spent just $61 million a year – $611 million over an entire decade, on just 393 projects, taking three times as long to leverage the same total project value of $1.6 billion,” Mr Ryan said.
“Labor’s record shows how little it cares about the country.”
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