Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan today met leaders of Mildura’s business community to discuss opportunities to develop the region and the state.
Mr Ryan said the Mildura Business Leaders Forum was designed to obtain important feedback from local business leaders regarding investment attraction, skills and workforce development, export facilitation, government regulation and key local issues.
“The forum is about what we can do to support the productivity and competitiveness of the Mildura region. This includes new projects and ideas that will strengthen economic development, industry sustainability and investment attraction,” Mr Ryan said.
“The forum in Mildura continues a state-wide strategy to engage with key regional business leaders across Victoria.
“The first of these events was held in Bendigo earlier this month, with key engagement forums to also be held at Traralgon, Geelong, Benalla and Ballarat.”
Mr Crisp said the forum would outline the Coalition Government’s latest economic agenda and gain an insight into the ideas, concerns and possible solutions that regional enterprise may have about growth and productivity.
“In the Mildura region, the key industries that drive employment and prosperity are: agriculture, manufacturing and food processing, mining, professional services, health and educational services. Renewable energy generation and aquaculture are also emerging industries,” Mr Crisp said.
“Today’s event provides us with the opportunity to hear directly from these groups about opportunities to increase productivity, boost access to export markets, facilitate investment and to maintain a focus on business growth.”
Mr Ryan said participants of the forum would receive individual follow-up from the Department of Business and Innovation to help advance any issues raised and continue the flow of two-way communication.
“These important events are designed to help us build enduring relationships with individual businesses in an effort to support long-term improvements to the way in which the Coalition Government supports and interacts with regional businesses,” Mr Ryan said.