Chief Executive Mark Stone:
Victorian Chamber welcomes the State Government’s announced $200 million Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund, which will support Victorian agribusiness competitiveness through important capacity building and productivity enhancing infrastructure improvements.
The fund will underpin investment in a range of transport, irrigation and energy projects, as well as programs that support skills development and market access.
This investment will not only improve productivity in the sector but reduce business costs, boost jobs and support business getting goods to domestic and international markets more efficiently.
Victorian Chamber has consistently called for greater strategic investment in regional infrastructure in order to leverage new trade opportunities from the fast growing Asia region. The Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund is an important step towards realising these opportunities. Regional infrastructure will be a central focus of Victorian Chamber’s Victoria Summit 2015 – Regional Victoria to be held in Bendigo next week.
We urge the Parliament of Victoria to pass the Delivering Victorian Infrastructure (Port of Melbourne Lease Transaction) Bill 2015 in a timely fashion so the fund can be implemented.
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