“THE Victorian Government doesn’t know Shepparton exists,” claimed Shadow Minister for Investment and Jobs and Trade, Craig Ondarchie during his visit to the region last week, where he met with both Greater Shepparton City Council and Moira Shire Council as well as visiting industry in the area, including Kreskas Bros Transport.
“My visit was about helping to assure the business community that we will focus on the needs of this area and will be putting policies together to take to the next election that will support regional employers,” Minister Ondarchie said.
“We spoke with employers such as Kreskas Bros Transport, who employs 80 full time staff, to provide them with the opportunity to help us build our policies. Essentially, it was about asking what it is they want.
“We recognise that people want a job and want to keep a job and to do that we need to attract investment to the area, and in the way of the transport industry, we need improved road infrastructure.
“Greater Shepparton is aspirational and inspirational and we will be developing policies for skills and training tailored to the local area.”
Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell said, “There are challenges in the local workforce, including the transport industry, where there isn’t anything on offer in the way of skilling locals for these industries.
“Kreskas Bros Transport, for example, has an ageing workforce and needs young people to be able to come into the transport industry.”