Nationals show support
By Nadia Surace
SPEAKING at the weekend’s 2011 Victorian Nationals State Conference in Shepparton, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals, Peter Ryan said regional and rural communities will enjoy a new level of support as The Nationals in government ‘put locals first’ and work hard to build a better future for all Victorians.
“It is a privilege to be in a position where The Nationals can provide strong and effective leadership that will encourage positive change that enhance the lives of regional and rural Victorians,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Nationals have always believed that regional and rural Victoria is the key to balancing the state’s future population growth and in government The Nationals are already delivering vital funding and support.”
Mr Ryan said the 2011-2012 Coalition State Budget included $500,000 for the first phase of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which will be available to local communities from July 1.
“The Regional Growth Fund is the Coalition Government’s flagship initiative that will create new prosperity and a better quality of life in regional and rural Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.
“I am both proud and excited about opportunities that exist through the Regional Growth Fund as it has the capacity to drive enormous benefits, particularly through the development of much-needed infrastructure.”
The Victorian Nationals State President, Robert Mitchell said the State Conference was the first opportunity for grass-roots members and the parliamentary team to come together since the Coalition won the State Election.
With more than 300 delegates in attendance at the Conference, Mr Mitchell said the strong attendance “demonstrated the vibrant and positive culture that exists within our party and the eagerness of our members to contribute to policy development and public debate.”